Marketing a Socialist City

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East Berlin, Leipzig and Dresden in particular served as showcases to the West and were carefully staged to highlight East German accomplishments. The artistic and architectural elements in Berlin and the print materials published about the city, projected an image of East Germany as an antifascist, modern and powerful state. The sanctioned agencies of East Germany, formally named the German Democratic Republic (GDR), sought to publicize their perceived economic and social success to the outside world, in the hope of gaining international recognition. Tourist brochures and the public staging of the cities encouraged visitors to recognize how well the GDR had developed and how East German citizens lived in comfort.

Thälmann Monument Look at the antifascist Ernst-Thälmann-monument»

 Flip through brochures of East-Berlin»

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