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Exhibition

Letters without signature

GDR history on BBC Radio
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March 20, 2020 - October 11, 2020
Museum für Kommunikation Berlin
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"Write to us wherever you are, whatever you have on your mind." With these words, the BBC radio program "Letters without signature", which was broadcast from 1949 to 1974 as part of the news program "Program for East Germany", Listeners to write letters. The anonymously composed letters, which came from the GDR to the BBC in London via deck addresses in West Berlin, offered unadorned and direct insights into everyday life in the GDR. Over the years, “Letters without a signature” has developed into a politically explosive and emotionally charged radio broadcast - of course not without being targeted by the Ministry of State Security. The home of the writers, the headquarters of the State Security of the GDR, the BBC studio: the exhibition shows the stations that the letters went through and tells the stories that are associated with them. Exclusive interviews with letter writers and broadcast makers show personal fates. For the first time, tapes recorded by the MfS from the program will be presented together with the respective original letters from the BBC archive. Where and with what means today people worldwide advocate political and social participation and freedom of expression can be seen from the example of current activists. Finally, in an analogue survey tool, visitors can reflect on their personal opinion on the question "How free do I feel in my comments" and position myself anonymously on a scale.

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