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Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig, Leipzig

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Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig, a state-run museum about post-World War II Germany, brings history alive with artifacts, photos, text, and videos in a condensed, well-curated exhibition space. Learn about the history leading up to the division of Germany, everyday life under the communist dictatorship of the German Democratic Republic, and the reunification process, as well as the lasting effects of the division. Though the exhibit is in German, an English information booklet is available. With our custom trip planner, Leipzig attractions like Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Excellent museum in the centre of Leipzig focussed on the history of East Germany post 1945. Major signs are translated into English although being able to read German is a bonus. The exhibits are... 
    Excellent museum in the centre of Leipzig focussed on the history of East Germany post 1945. Major signs are translated into English although being able to read German is a bonus. The exhibits are...  more »
  • Nice museum with the History of GDR (DDR). We took a tour with our work team and the guide gave a lot of information and also supported self-reflecting and the forming of your own opinion about the... 
    Nice museum with the History of GDR (DDR). We took a tour with our work team and the guide gave a lot of information and also supported self-reflecting and the forming of your own opinion about the...  more »
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  • One of the truly great museums of Europe, better than the Louvre IMO and its free. Covers East German history, everyday life, government surveillance and protests and unification with the BRD. Almost all exhibits have English translations or subtitles. Other museums in the former DDR also have these types of exhibits but like the one in Berlin, their exhibits are more geared to the nostalgic elements of DDR life. The third floor contains topical changing exhibits. When I was there, they had an exhibit on the expanding use of computers in our lives. Given the surveillance under the DDR, (see the Stasi museum in Berlin for an excellent presentation of this) this exhibit is an understandable warning about the possibilities of government overreach into the personal lives of its people. Included in this exhibit is an example of the Social Credit system in China. It is described only in German but try translating it to see the absurd Chinese government attempts at behavior modification. One way to score more points is to praise the government on social media. You will lose points if you do not visit your parents often enough. There will be consequences for those Chinese citizens with low social credit scores.
  • It's an interesting museum, but a bit smaller than I expected, good that it is free to enter.

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