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Robert Havemann Society

THE SOCIETY
The Robert Havemann Society, founded by the grassroots movement New Forum in November 1990, documents and presents the history and the experiences of opposition and resistance in the Soviet-Occupied Zone/German Democratic Republic. The society runs the GDR Opposition Archive and publishes works on opposition history. It carries out political education work through exhibitions, event series and seminars.

THE WEBSITE
The website www.revolution89.de is an information service provided by the Robert Havemann Society. It was created to accompany the Berlin Revolution Stelae and the Open-Air Exhibition “Peaceful Revolution 1989/90” on Alexanderplatz in Berlin (7 May 2009 to 3 October 2010). The website is continually updated and extended.

DONATIONS
The Robert Havemann Society relies on donations. You can support our work with a tax-deductible donation to our account:
Berliner Volksbank • Account no: 576 29 55 000 • Sort code: 100 900 00

MORE
For more information on the Robert Havemann Society and its many activities, see our main website: www.havemann-gesellschaft.de


GDR OPPOSITION ARCHIVE
The archive holds material on individuals and groups from 1945 onwards, for example on anti-communist resistance, church or atheist dissidents and human rights, peace, women’s and environmental groups. The documents include secret messages, leaflets and samizdat publications from the East German opposition and documents of the grassroots movements and new parties of 1989/90. Along with 500 metres of shelf space dedicated to written material, there are 80,000 photos and 800 posters. The archive also holds extensive collections of films, audio material, banners, patches and stickers. Reports from contemporary witnesses, documentations of repression in the GDR, a reference library and a press documentation are also available.

CALL FOR MATERIAL
Donate your personal documentation, collections and objects to the GDR Opposition Archive. The archive collects material on resistance and opposition to the communist dictatorship from 1945 on (written documents such as flyers and leaflets, letters, petitions, appeals, etc., photos, banners, posters, film and audio material). Documents of state repression are also important: case files, judgements, interrogation records, documents on expropriation, professional bans, expatriation, exmatriculation, etc. www.havemann-gesellschaft.de


FURTHER EXHIBITIONS AND PROJECTS (A SELECTION):

YOUTH OPPOSITION IN THE SOZ/GDR
A multimedia website and a DVD present important events from the history of resistance with examples of young people’s activities. Through photos, documents, films and interviews, visitors can experience how young people came into conflict with the East German dictatorship from 1946 to 1989. Introductory texts, a timeline, a glossary, biographies and teaching materials are also featured. www.jugendopposition.de


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