Poster exhibition of the Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship
Leseland DDR" tells - in texts, pictures and videos - of the stubbornness of people who did not want to be told what to read, who queued up for rare books and secretly pocketed many a coveted title from West German publishers at the Leipzig Book Fair. The panels in the exhibition also introduce visitors to the world of crime novels, fairy tales and science fiction, they report on literature from the Soviet Union, the writers of socialist realism and they give a glimpse into old cookbooks. The exhibition highlights the cross-border power of German-German writer contacts, radio and television, but also the books that made world travel beyond the country's walls possible. The journey through time ends with the writers of the Peaceful Revolution and the GDR as a theme in contemporary literature. Leseland DDR is a contribution to the cultural history of the SED dictatorship. The exhibition is an incentive to open the old books in order to (re)explore the history of the GDR in the mirror of its literature, according to the Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the Past.