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Matinee Saxon State Archive: Remembrance in the GDR – Memory Work on the Founding Myth

In 1949, the year of its foundation, the GDR defined its relationship to the National Socialist past. The “better Germany” accordingly included only the “better” part of this heritage in its founding myth: the antifascist resistance. Five films from the holdings of the Saxon State Archive illustrate the ambivalence of the GDR’s culture of remembrance.

The Matinee is presented in collaboration with the Saxon State Archive.

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… vergeßt uns nicht! [Ausschnitt] Michael Wünsch, Christine Beer
At the district level, the SED’s legitimization and claim to moral leadership are brought into a line of tradition with the illegal KPD resistance in the Weimar Republic.
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… vergeßt uns nicht! [Ausschnitt]

… vergeßt uns nicht! [Ausschnitt]
Michael Wünsch, Christine Beer
Matinee Saxon State Archive
Documentary Film
GDR
1984
15 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None
No Premiere

A film is ceremonially screened on the 40th anniversary of the murder of the resistance group around KPD (Communist Party of Germany) functionary Georg Schuman. Present is Horst Schumann, son of the resistance fighter and 1st Secretary of the SED Leipzig District Authority. The filmed document and the documented screening become propaganda accomplices: The GDR present perpetuates the history of NS resistance.


Konstantin Wiesinger

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Michael Wünsch
Christine Beer
Filmstudio am Haus der Jungen Pioniere "Georg Schwarz", Leipzig
Michael Wünsch
Christine Beer
Thilo Kersten
Benedikt Rösel
Janek Ziegler
Christine Beer
Gabi Blumentritt
Maro Nagel
Thomas Huschlo
Bert Gahrmann
Thomas Voßbeck
Janek Ziegler
Hagen Reckziegel
Rainhardt Mißbach
Thomas Böttger

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Als die Anemonen blühten Kollektiv
A restrained and thoughtful look at the “Below Forest Death March” which leaves room for nuances: Concentration camp inmates leave carvings on the trees. The testimonies “grow over”.
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Als die Anemonen blühten

Als die Anemonen blühten
Kollektiv
Matinee Saxon State Archive
Documentary Film
GDR
1983
7 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None
No Premiere

A formally sophisticated and thoughtful film about the “Below Forest Death March” memorial site: In the late spring of 1945, this wooded area near Wittstock became an improvised temporary camp for inmates of the Sachsenhausen and Ravensbrück concentration camps. They eternalized themselves and their fate by carving on the trees. But what does “eternal” mean? The trees grow, change and renew their skin …


Konstantin Wiesinger

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Kollektiv
Cine-Pentama-Studio "Hans Beimler" VEB Kombinat Lokomotivbau-Elektrotechnische-Werke Hennigsdorf

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Es wächst das Gras nicht über alles F. Faust
A narrator explains surviving evidence of the events on the grounds of the Langenstein-Zwieberge subcamp. The film ends with a formulaic ritual of remembrance.
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Es wächst das Gras nicht über alles

Es wächst das Gras nicht über alles
F. Faust
Matinee Saxon State Archive
Documentary Film
GDR
1985
10 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None
No Premiere

A male voice, accompanied by the eponymous instrumental piece by Reinhard Lakomy, comments on photographic and material evidence of the events on the grounds of the Langenstein-Zwieberge subcamp. The audiovisual tour concludes with a visit by an FDJ (Free German Youth) group who lay down wreaths at the memorial site built in 1949. The speaker unequivocally classes this ritual of remembrance as part of the raison d’état.


Konstantin Wiesinger

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F. Faust
Technische Hochschule Magdeburg, Bezirkskabinett für Kulturarbeit Magdeburg
A. Faust
R. Muschke
F. Faust
J. Reinhardt

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Das Mahnmal K. Kayser, B. Schmidt, K. Coccejus
Conveyed by innovative music and original sound bites, a disturbing dialogue between a memorial to National Socialist crimes and its viewers evolves.
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Das Mahnmal

Das Mahnmal
K. Kayser, B. Schmidt, K. Coccejus
Matinee Saxon State Archive
Documentary Film
GDR
1975
10 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None
No Premiere

An innovative approach to the subject of National Socialism which uses a composition by Georg Katzer, a GDR pioneer of Neue Musik. The sound level – acoustic distortions and sound bites by leading representatives of the Third Reich – dominates, juxtaposed with minimalist images. A dialogue between viewers and memorial evolves in shots and counter shots.


Konstantin Wiesinger

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K. Kayser
B. Schmidt
K. Coccejus
Amateurfilmstudio Fernsehsender Schwerin

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Menschen, die man nie vergißt H. von Oettingen, H. Hütte
Invoking the revolutionary heritage of the German Peasants’ Wars of the 16th century, the SED reshapes society with the support of the Soviet Union.
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Menschen, die man nie vergißt

Menschen, die man nie vergißt
H. von Oettingen, H. Hütte
Matinee Saxon State Archive
Documentary Film
GDR
1970
21 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None
No Premiere

What was unsuccessful 400 years earlier in the German Peasants’ Wars is achieved in 1945 by the unbreakable bond with the Soviet Union: Under adverse conditions, workers and peasants build a socialist state. In 1970, when this film was made, the SED (Socialist Unity Party of Germany) asserts its claim to leadership grounded in the past – it moves forward on the “Way from the I to the We”.


Konstantin Wiesinger

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H. von Oettingen
H. Hütte
agra-Filmstudio
S. Zebisch
M. Seidel
D. Körner
H. von Oettingen
H. Hütte

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