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Bad propaganda and Trabis at Berlin's DDR Museum

I was in Berlin last month with my family. My son had prepared his Middle School exam on Berlin after World War II: the end of the war, the four Allied zones,the rise of the Soviet zone, the Berlin airdrops, the building of the Wall, the DDR, the fall of the Wall and reunification, and he was interested in seeing the city he’d studied so much. 659 more words

Travel

"Matylda: And I Thought Everyone Drives a Limo in Amerika" by Filip Zachoval

“Matylda” is the story of a wide-eyed Czech boy who spends the summer of 1998 on a work exchange in the US.  Intertwined with his impressions of American food (too sugary), American cops (constantly keeping an eye on him), and American shopping (amazing, but out of his price range), are the stories of his parents and grandparents and how they made it through WWII and the rise and fall of the Soviet Eastern Bloc. 125 more words

SOVIET COMMUNION: THE QUEUE AS CONSUMER RITUAL

In the wake of his timely and characteristically anticlimactic death in 1982, Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev, otets-kormilets, left an uneasy procession. His ceremonial reign marked an era of socioeconomic stagnation and political regression that left the Union’s collective body – both Soviet and… 1,121 more words

History

Notes from the Underground

In September, Daniel Muzyczuk and I curated a show entitled ‘Notes from the Underground’ for the Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz which explores the intersection of art and music in Eastern Europe under communist rule. 290 more words

Eastern Europe

MORE EASTERN STATES TURN TO WEST

The cost effect of cold war on soviet republic is that the empire of many nations collapsed to a single state and lost its territories. The dissolution of the republic led to political independence of fifteen states all of which have commonwealth ties with Moscow until recently when disagreement overshadowed it. 187 more words

IR Digests

Bruce Chatwin: through the Iron Curtain

How iron was the Iron Curtain? Every ‘through the curtain’ experience tells us something about the division of Europe during the Cold War. It adds evidence to any view of how ‘European’ — in dimensions of time and space alike — the East remained during the Communist period. 412 more words

Russia Past And Present

Afternoon in DDR

Yesterday I made a time travel to East Germany to see how people lived in the Eastern Bloc from 1949 to 1990. The DDR experience is made possible by the… 210 more words

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