Tag: DDR

Significant East German Diplomatic Passport

Another precious document came into my East German (GDR) collection. A diplomatic passport issued 1959! This is not only the earliest used diplomatic passport in my collection but it was also issued to the wife and daughter of the official…

East German Border Control Case

A quite unique finding is this East German border control equipment case with various devices and documents which was recently available at an auction. My first idea was to bid on it as it’s a great German history related item…

East German Passport 1956 With Burma Visa

DDR-GDR 1956 Burma Olympia-015

Very happy to find this early East German (GDR) passport. Issued in Berlin 1956 and with several interesting visas and two very special visa. Only in early GDR passports maybe till 1960 you can find such “world visa”. The wall…

A Unique East German Passport

East German (GDR) passports are an interesting collection field, especially for me as German. Latest models are still frequently available after 25 years of unification. But THIS one showed here is special if not unique. The document was issued on…

Der Sturz – Honeckers Ende (East German History)

Margot Honecker lügt sich die DDR schön: „Es gab keinen Schießbefehl” • „Es gab keine Zwangsadoptionen” • „Was war an dieser DDR verbrecherisch?” • „Die DDR – ein Unrechtsstaat?” Keine Rede davon. • „Die Toten an der Mauer?” Selbst schuld.…

The Rise And Fall Of The Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall (German: Berliner Mauer) was a barrier that divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989, constructed by the German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany) starting on 13 August 1961, that completely cut off (by land) West Berlin from surrounding…

East German Passport For A Dancer

This is an early East German (GDR) passport issued in Berlin for a female dancer which travelled frequently, even to Iraq (besides Poland and Austria) and that was surely unusual for East Germans at this time in 1959. At first…