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Screenshot from Walled in! - The inner German border by Deutsche Welle on YouTube

Walled in! – The inner German border | DW English

The computer animation Walled in! – The inner German border, which details the fortifications of the former boundary was produced by Deutsche Welle in cooperation with the Berlin Wall Foundation to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the wall. Save for a few remaining stretches preserved as memorials, the Berlin Wall is merely […]

Entartete Kunst - Screenshot aus dem Dokumentarfilm Degenerate Art von dem Los Angeles County Museum of Art auf YouTube

Sunday Documentary: Degenerate Art

Degenerate Art is a documentary by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art based on the exhibition Degenerate Art: The Fate of the Avant-Garde in Nazi Germany that they put on at the Altes Museum in Berlin in 1992. As with the Nazi book burning of 1933, classifying particular works as degenerate art was part […]

The Nazi book burning on Bebelplatz (then Opernplatz) in Berlin in 1933 - Screenshot from Nazi Book Burning, a short documentary from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on YouTube

Sunday Documentary: Nazi Book Burning

In the short documentary, Nazi Book Burning, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum presents the events of 1933 in Germany and discusses why regimes like the Nazis target culture and in particular books. Shortly after the Nazis’ rise to power, picking up on the government’s desire to ‘purify’ German culture and society, the National Socialist […]

Escape From East Berlin - Screenshot from Swim for your life out of the GDR!

Escape From East Berlin – Swimming across the Spree

The video entitled Swim for your life out of the GDR! on YouTube shows a daring escape from East Berlin across the River Spree near the Reichstag. The film starts with a shot of the river facing the Fernsehturm as the narrator sets the scene and then cuts to amateur footage of the escape attempt. […]

Screenshot aus Der Rote Elvis auf YouTube

Sunday Documentary: The Red Elvis – The Story of Dean Reed

The documentary, The Red Elvis, tells the story of the American folk-rock singer Dean Reed, who emigrated to East Germany in 1973 and became a poster boy for the Communist regime. Born in Denver, Colorado, Reed was relatively unknown in America in contrast to his fame behind the Iron Curtain. In 1958 he signed to […]

Screenshot from THE ANNOUNCEMENT - Rocco and his Brothers by Frank Henkel on Vimeo

THE ANNOUNCEMENT | Rocco and his Brothers

THE ANNOUNCEMENT is an art intervention dealing with surveillance in public spaces by the audacious Berlin art collective Rocco and his Brothers. Given the unprecedented intrusions into the privacy of East German citizens perpetrated by the Stasi, it is understandable that the increase in surveillance and the conflict between privacy concerns and security is an […]


Berlin – the inner layer by Alex Soloviev

Prickling with tension and loaded with energy, Alex Soloviev successfully conveys the vitality and spirit of the city in his short film, Berlin – the inner layer. In stark contrast to his previous Berlin short, Everyday Berlin (a serene visual poem), a combination of constant movement, fast cutting, clever transitions and a pounding soundtrack gets […]