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A nostalgical view of the Petersburger Straße in Berlin-Friedrichshain. The former name was Bersarinstraße, named after the first Soviet Military Commander of Berlin, it was re-changed after 1990.

Some views of Petersburger Straße 28 - "Kirschblüte", a florists, and the opposite side of the street, the "Ahorn Apotheke" and on the next block a Vietnamese shop.

Hotel New Berlin, which was opened in 2001, is just a hundred metres from the street crossing with the Landsberger Allee (formerly Leninallee).

Petersburger Str. 28, 10249 Berlin - Friedrichshain (Friedrichshain) |  ImmobilienScout24

Petersburger Str. 28, 10249 Berlin - Friedrichshain (Friedrichshain) |  ImmobilienScout24



Petersburger Straße 28




Laden und (Hauseingang weiter rechts), Petersburger Straße 28



The north end of the Petersburger Straße with Hotel New Berlin (centre)






Bersarinplatz (originally Baltenplatz), on the south end of the Petersburger Straße. This was named after the first Soviet commander of Berlin


and from above



A commemorative bronze plaque on a building at Bersarinplatz. Bersarin was only commander for a few months and died under similar circumstances as in the case of General Patton.




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Frankfurter Tor with the main crossing Petersburger Straße / Karl-Marx-Allee. Opposite the Petersburger, the Warschauer Straße begins.

The Karl-Marx-Allee at the same point, facing in the direction of the Alexanderplatz with TV-tower.





O.M.G., U-Bhf. Frankfurter Allee in May 1945 !


Kino Kosmos, Karl-Marx-Allee

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The famous Karl-Marx-Buchhandlung in the Karl-Marx-Allee. This was a specialist for the official literature in the DDR. Still existed well after the re-unification.

A typical view of the nearby surroundings in the Karl-Marx-Allee in the style of Stalinist architecture during the rebuilding of Berlin during the 1950s.

Café Moskau ( MOCKBA - Moskva) also situated in the Karl-Marx-Allee was the place to go during the days of the old communist society of East Berlin, also still existed for many years.

The Oberbaumbrücke over the River Spree marked the boundary between Friedrichshain (East) and Kreuzburg (West). It was closed and a ruin before the re-unification, since then re-opened and completely restored.

The nearby Volkspark Friedrichshain has the famous Märchenbrunnen (fairytale fountains).








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Fleamarket Boxhagener Platz

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Straußberger Platz situated on the Karl-Marx-Allee



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View from the television tower over the Alexanderplatz showing the Congresshalle and Das Haus des Lehrers, all DDR architechture.

Alexanderplatz with the Weltzeituhr and Interhotel, this is from an old colour postcard from the early to mid 1970s

The train station to international destinations, Bahnhof Alexanderplatz, there is also S-Bahn (city and regional) and U-Bahn (underground). ORWO Colour film Photo from around mid 1970s

Kaufhaus Alexanderplatz, postwar rebuilt in the typical modern DDR architechture. This was the site of the pre-war Kaufhaus owned by Hermann Tietz, who was disposessed due to the "Ariergesetz"

Berlin - Unter den Linden with the Cathedral - Berliner Dom to the left and the Palast der Republik to the right. Latter was built in 1975 on the site of the former City Palace or Stadtschloß, which had been demolished in 1950 on order of the S.E.D., the ruling  communist party. The Palast der Republik was torn down several years ago, and in it's place, a rebuilding or copy of the former City Palace is undergoing errection. In the centre is the Fernsehturm or television tower.





Berlins größter U-Bahnhof. Foto: Imago Images/Olaf Wagner

U-Bahn Alexanderplatz

Berlin - WDR Digit

Junction of Alexanderplatz and Leninallee (Mitte)


Parade zum X. Parteitag der SED vor dem Palast der Republik, April 1981. Foto: Imago/Günter Schneider

Parade zum X. Parteitag der SED vor dem Palast der Republik, April 1981

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Karl-Marx-Allee in Berlin-Friedrichshain with Kino Cosmos (cinema). In the background can be seen the offices of Interflug, which was the state owned national airline of the DDR. Interflug was taken over by Lufthansa and dissolved after the re-unification. The Russian-built Tupolev airliners were either given away or sold off cheaply to developing countries. The section of the Karl-Marx-Allee between Alexanderplatz and Straußberger Platz was formerley known as the Stalinallee, which was changed after Stalin died in 1953.

Schönefeld and Interflug

Aus der DDR in die Welt: Vor 30 Jahren landete Interflug für immer - WELT

Ansichtskarte / Postkarte Interflug Flugzeug IL 62, DDR | akpool.de

Kapitel 4: Abflug mit der Interflug :: DDR Museum

Propaganda for Interflug


Aus der DDR in die Welt: Vor 30 Jahren landete der Interflug für immer |  ZEIT ONLINE



Schönefeld was the main airport for Berlin. An Interflug aircrew. The machines were Russian built, Antonov, Tuplolew, Ilyushin, etc.

Eine sowjetische Iljuschin 62 der DDR-Luftlinie Interflug (undatierte Aufnahme).

Ein Flugzeug vom Typ Iljuschin Il-14 steht seit Mai im Technikpark. Im April 1991 ging die Reise der DDR-Airline zu Ende, eine Geschichte mit Licht und Schatten.

Die Fahne der DDR und das Logo der Fluggesellschaft Interflug ist auf dem Seitenruder einer Tupolew TU-134 zu sehen. Im April 1991 ging die Reise der DDR-Airline zu Ende, eine Geschichte mit Licht und Schatten.

Aus der DDR in die Welt: Vor 30 Jahren landete der Interflug für immer |  svz.de

Now in the Museum Park, Ilyushin Jet

Eine Reise in die Vergangenheit von Interflug – LVZ - Leipziger Volkszeitung

Reviving old memories, Heinz-Dieter Kallbach with a model of his old Ilyushin IL-62

Flugkapitän Klaus Petzold sitzt am 30.04.1991 im Cockpit eines Flugzeuges der Gesellschaft Interflug. Die ehemalige DDR-Luftfahrtgesellschaft Interflug stellte am 30.04.1991 offiziell ihren Betrieb ein. Klaus Petzold, Jahrgang 1935, war der verantwortliche Flugkapitän auf diesem letzten Flug mit der rustikalen zweistrahligen Tupolew Tu-134.

Flugkapitän Klaus Petzold in the cabin of his Interflug machine on the day Interflug closed down, 30.4.1991

Die Uniform der ehemaligen Interflug-Stewardess wird ausgestellt. Marina Bethig, ehemalige Interflug Stewardess, schaut sich ihre ausgestellte Uniform in der Ost-Berlin-Ausstellung im Museum Ephraim-Palais an.

Now in a museum, uniform of a former Interflug stewardess



Kino Cosmos in the Karl-Marx-Allee

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Something completely different, West Berlin


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and again, West Berlin - Friedenau


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RGW - Rat für gegenseitige Wirtschaftshilfe - (COMECON) this was the equivalent of the European Union from 1949 till 1990.
Commemorative stamp from 1974.


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This was a community award for the best towns and councils


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The famous Samariterkirche in the street called after it. It was in this church that clandestine meetings took place of the Neues Forum under the guidance of Pastor Friedrich Schorlemmer in the months before November 1989. They were constantly under surveillance by the Stasi (Staatssicherheit)


Samariterstraße – Wikipedia


Thälmann-Park, Theater unterm Dach


Schönhauser Allee, corner Dimitroffstraße, 1980

Great Stay – Danziger Str. 64 No. 2

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The famous Stasi - Zentrale in Berlin-Lichtenberg, Normannenstraße / Rüschestraße. I worked here for several weeks in Summer 2000

...and here's how it looked just a decade before.

The personal dossiers of every citizen were kept here, here is what remains today... Anyone can go and visit and request to see their "own personal files"

Erich Mielke (1907-2000), Stasi-Chef reviewing the parade of his "Wachregiment Felix Dziertzynski" in the courtyard. This was the uniformed branch of the Stasi. The cuff band was the distinguishing mark, as well as the wein-red Waffenfarbe on collar patches and shoulder strap piping, all other details piped in white.

Mielke's office in the main building. Behind his desk is a large safe. The building was stormed and ransacked in November 1989

The 9. November 1989 was the turning point and the end for the Regime.
20. July 1990 saw the introduction of the D-Mark and the replacement of the cap emblems of the NVA with the Einheitskokarde.
The 3. October 1990 was reunification. At 24.00 hours on the 2. October 1990 the DDR flag was hauled down and replaced with the BRD colours.

In Summer of 1990 there was also a strike of the armed forces under Defence Minister Rainer Eppelmann, a former clergyman!
Soldiers of the NVA awaiting a uniform change.

Summer 1990, the NVA leaves the Warsaw Pact, Rainer Eppelmann (centre with beard).

4. October 1990, the new joint Defence Minister Jörg Schönbohm (West) inspecting his new troops in the new uniforms of the Bundeswehr.


















Jörg Schönbohm, 1999-2009, Innenminister in Brandenburg,
+ Kleinmachnow, 7. February 2019
I remember seeing him on 24.4.2006 in KZ Sachsenhausen.


Cap cockade of the DDR-NVA, etc. - on 20. July 1990, the centre part was removed and replaced by the cockade on the right.






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The new TV serial Berlin-Weißensee, a chronic of a Stasi Family with the family name of Kupfer, the father, a Generalmajor of the Staatssicherheit, his two sons, Falk, a Stasi Major - and loyal to the system, and Martin, Oberwachtmeister of the Volkspolizei, who follows his conscience - two remarkably different charakters. Series on German TV, with many episodes, very interesting , very realistic and dramatic, Both story and characters are fictitious unless reference is made to persons of the public, historical facts or specific sources drawn upon.


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Die Moneten - That's how the Rubel rolls

Charakters depicted on the notes:
Karl Marx
Friedrich Engels
Johann Wolfgang Goethe
Clara Zetkin
Thomas Münzer


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I remember those old trams well, you could walk in and out without paying, nobody cared, otherwise, you could put a token 30 Pf. into the Kasten and roll out a ticket


Einmal ziehen, bitte: Ein Fahrscheinautomat aus DDR-Produktion, im Einsatz bis nach der Wende. Foto: DDR Museum, Berlin 2020

Einmal ziehen, bitte: Ein Fahrscheinautomat aus DDR-Produktion, in Berlin im Einsatz bis zur Wende. Foto: DDR Museum, Berlin 2020

Zahlkästen und Zahlboxen gab es in Berlin bereits sehr früh, und man setzte hier auch lange auf die einfache, aber effektive Methode. Kunden*innen von Straßenbahn, Bus und U-Bahn warfen ihr Geld ein und zogen sich einen Schein, eine Fahrkarte kostete 20 Pfennig. Die Kontrolle erfolgt mittels anderer Fahrgäste und einem sporadischen Abgleichen der ausgegebenen Fahrscheinnummern. Noch 1990 konnte man in Berlin diesen Zahlboxen begegnen, heute sind es nur noch Museumsstücke.

Wer knipsen wollte, kam nicht um ORWO-Filme drumherum. Foto: DDR Museum, Berlin 2020
Wer knipsen wollte, kam nicht um ORWO-Filme drumherum. Foto: DDR Museum, Berlin 2020

The Hit - popular film material in quality black and white and colour, ORWO Films from Wolfen /Bitterfeld

Eins der bekanntesten Akronyme in der DDR war ORWO, das für Original Wolfen steht. In Sachsen-Anhalt wurde alles produziert, was der / die DDR-Bürger*in brauchte, um Kassetten zu bespielen, Dias herzustellen oder Fotos zu schießen. Ursprünglich wurden die Wolfener Produkte unter dem deutliche bekannteren Namen Agfa vertrieben, was zu Konflikten mit dem in den nach Westen umgesiedelten Traditionsunternehmen führte. Die DDR-Führung knickte schließlich ein, auch weil man überzeugt war, hochwertige Produkte herzustellen, die keinen Markennamen brauchen. Recht hatten sie: ORWO überlebte die Wende, wenngleich nur deutlich geschrumpft.

Kippen, die selbst in Liedern besungen wurden. Karo, nur Original ohne Filter. Foto: DDR Museum, Berlin 2020

Kippen, die selbst in Liedern besungen wurden. Karo, nur Original ohne Filter. Foto: DDR Museum, Berlin 2020

DDR Cigarettes

Sie hießen Juwel, Club, Cabinet oder f6 – die Zigaretten, die man in der DDR gerne und viel paffte. Zum Billigsten, das es zu kaufen gab, gehörte Karo. 1,60 Mark für 20 filterlose Zigaretten, die immerhin ihrer Zeit voraus waren. In Karo steckte immer nur Tabak, ganz ohne Zusätze – so wie es die Berliner Boheme heute eben mag. Die Zigaretten kamen schon damals an. Und so sang selbst ein Wolfgang Lippert locker flockig: „Eine Karo rauch ich und zum fit sein brauch ich Mocca.“ Heute übrigens wird Karo, wie so manch anderes ehemaliges Ost-Tabakprodukt, von Philip Morris vertrieben. Wie lange noch, ist die Frage…

Diese DDR-Produkte gibt es noch in Supermärkten

DDR Einkaufen in der Konsum-Verkaufsstelle - Virtuelles Museum für DDR -Spielzeug...

Spreewald-Gurken und Eingemachtes

DDR Produkte | Ddr, Ddr produkte, Ostalgie

Ostpaket Produkte aus der DDR Kultprodukte Geschenkset Weihnachten, 22,99 €

Elbe-Radweg, Tangermünde Elbe, Tangermünde, DDR-Produkte in einem Laden,  Altmark, Sachsen-Anhalt, Deutschland, Europa Stockfotografie - Alamy

"Kalter Hund"

DDR-Produkte – OZ - Ostsee-Zeitung

Other typical DDR products for the consumer market


Digital-Uhren aus der DDR, Marke "Ruhla"

DDR-Produkte der DNN-Leser – DNN - Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten

Praktica von VEB Pentacon, Dresden

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Here and there, especially in the centre, there was Intershop, where priviledged could buy themselves an "Extrawurst", luxury consumer goods and import items from the West, if you had enough currency in your wallet

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Here in the Bernauer Straße the world came to an end


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Sowjet Ehrenmal, Treptower Park



Rotes Rathaus, the town hall


Nikolaikirche, Berlins oldest still intact church


Marienkirche, a very prominent church in the centre of E.Berlin


Neue Synagoge, Oranienburger Straße


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An old postcard of the Alexanderplatz. The fountain in the centre was sometimes inofficially known as "die Nuttenbrosche". The card is from the mid 70s.


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More photos of the Petersburger Straße


Petersburger Straße 28, was built around 1904, four very high floors, with attic flats added after the reunification


View from the top balcony of the 4th floor in northerly direction towards Landsberger Allee and Prenzlauer Berg. February 2000


View in southerly direction towards Bersarinplatz and Karl-Marx-Allee


View North-East towards the crossing at the Kochhannstraße. Note the tramlines in the centre of the road.


At the crossing Petersberger Straße / Landsberger Allee, the Straßenbahn


Landsberger Allee / Petersburger Straße

Vorzeigeprojekt der DDR: Lange Schlangen an der Leninallee - Bildergalerien  - Mediacenter - Tagesspiegel

Untreue: Anzeige wegen SEZ-Verkauf gestellt – B.Z. Berlin

Olympia-Stutzpunkt,  Sport- und Erholungs Zenter, SEZ on the crossing of Leninallee and Dimitrovstraße

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S-Bahnhof Frankfurter Allee


Ringcenter Frankfurter Allee, corner of Möllendorfstraße. There is the Ringcenter 1 and 2

Umzug an den Mauritiuskirchplatz: Postbank-Filiale in der Frankfurter Allee  geschlossen - Lichtenberg

The Mauritiuskirchplatz in Lichtenberg, between Landsberger Allee and Gürtelstraße


Bahnhof Ostkreuz, very much in memory. It has all changed since and been modernised


New plans for Ostkreuz, all the nostalgia is gone

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Sektorengrenze: A typical image of the Wall that divided Berlin. No Man's Land between two worlds, East and West. This could be near the Bernauer Straße, or is it more Berlin-Mitte? Houses too near to the border on the DDR side, were demolished. There had also been many tunneling attempts, some of which succeeded, some were betrayed.


The last spectacular escape attempts at the German ./. German border

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The last Summer, Summer '89 - to the visit of Russian leader Gorbatschow, the crowds shouted, Gorbi! Gorbi! Hoping that his new reforms would help them:

One of the last big Parades, the last one was on 7. October 1989, then things began to change...


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The countdown begins: 5 days before the Wall fell, Demonstration, Berlin-Alexanderplatz, 4. November 1989


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