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History Presentation - Goodbye Lenin

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Transcript of History Presentation - Goodbye Lenin

ALEX KERNER CHRISTIANE KERNER ARIANE KERNER SYNOPSIS
- East Berlin, 1989-90
- Alex Kerner with his mother and sister
- Coma
- Cold war ends --> Fall of Berlin wall --> Capitalism
- Alex trying to reconstruct GDR for his mother
- Cultural changes How is history used in the movie? - Young Pioneers, almost all schoolchildren 6-14 years old

- Formed in 1948, named after Ernst Thälmann, former leader of Communistic Party of Germany

- To spread communist ideology amongt young people

- Famous for their uniforms, shown several times in movie The GDR Regime's monopoly of the market http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=SC8HTpEWrm0#t=2302s http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=SC8HTpEWrm0#t=3566s The Message of the movie - Criticism for gloryfyin communist state, not showing what was bad

- Made up an unrealistic communist state for the mother, that treated people well

- Wanted to portray the realistic state, which was different from the reality http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=SC8HTpEWrm0#t=3716s "The country my mother left was a country she had believed in and which we kept alive until her last second. A country that in fact never existed like this" http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=SC8HTpEWrm0#t=6263s "Socialism doesn't mean living behind the wall. Socialism means reaching out to others, and living with others. Not just to dream about a better world, but to make the world a better place." "Many want to stay. They're looking for an alternative to the hard battle for survival in the capitalistic system. Not everyone wants to join in with career addiction and aggressive marketing. Not everyone wants to fight his way through life." HISTORICAL ACCURACY IN "GOODBYE LENIN" AND THE BERLIN WALL
13 August 1961 - 9 November 1989 EVENTS LEADING UP TO THE FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL - Mikhail Gorbachev 1985
- Soviet Reforms
- Opening of the Hungarian border
- Massive protests
- The End of communism in Germany http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=SC8HTpEWrm0#t=650s HISTORICAL BACKGROUND - Historical context

- The Potsdam Treaty after WW2

- Over-night erection of the Berlin Wall

- GDR- East Germany - Soviet Union
- FRG - West Germany - The US, UK and France

- Clash between capitalism and communism in Europe - Communism and Capitalism in Goodbye Lenin
-Christiane's role in the film
- Director's personal links to East Berlin
- Is Goodbye Lenin biased? Was it Historically accurate? - The fall of the GDR and the Berlin Wall and the immediate consequences
- Cultural differences
- Brief but correct Was it Historically accurate? - 7th October 1989
- 40th Anniversary of GDR
- Use of costumes Second example- What will it show? - A quick runthrough of major historical events regarding the Berlin Wall First example - What will it show? - First peaceful demonstration against GDR http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=SC8HTpEWrm0#t=958s HISTORICAL ACCURACY SUMMARY After The Fall of the Wall
- THE FIRST YEAR - Erich Honecker: "The Wall will last for 100 years" --> WRONG
- 30 years of social, cultural and economic division over
- Split opinions about the fall of the wall
- Wall destroyed and vandalised
- Stasi
- 3rd of October 1990 - Germany unified
- December 1990 - First election SOCIAL CONSEQUENCES ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES POLITICAL CONSEQUENCES CULTURAL CONSEQUENCES - Ariane working at Burger King
- Fall of communism enabled private companies and capitalism
- Free travel over borders
- Families were ruined
- East and West Berliners reunified, celebrating and working together
- Helmut Kohl - Problems with different currencies
- Mass exchange --> People losing money
- Mass migration and deindustrialization
- 870000 East Germans migrating to West 1989-1990
- Unemployment
- Social welfare and allowance disappeared - Mr. Ganske - FRG party and Helmut Kohl as a leader
- The young East Germans

- Die Linke

- The growth of national socialism
- Gentrification - Cultural interest
- Helping to restore East Berlin
- Displacing East Berliners

- East Side Gallery MAUER IM KOPF
- THE WALL IN THE HEAD - A mental wall
- "Ossis" and "Wessies"
- Berlin a city still recovering http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=SC8HTpEWrm0#t=4261s http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=SC8HTpEWrm0#t=3839s http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=SC8HTpEWrm0#t=4628s
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