Tourism through the Iron Curtain

Traveling from West to East Germany
Beginn des Projektes: October 2020

Research project

Starting in the early 1970s, the Iron Curtain became increasingly porous: During the "Honecker era," the GDR authorities recorded several million entries from West Berlin, the Federal Republic, and other non-socialist countries each year. Based on tourist travel from West to East Germany, the project explores the reasons for and consequences of the GDR's (re)opening to the West. It analyzes the regime's goals and the numerous obstacles to establishing a successful tourism business. Furthermore, it examines the personal encounters of people from East and West and state attempts to regulate them. 

 

Dr. Stefanie Eisenhuth

Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam
Am Neuen Markt 1
14467 Potsdam

Office: Am Neuen Markt 1, room 0.30
Phone.: 0331/28991-31

Email: eisenhuth [at] zzf-potsdam.de

Forschung

Tourism through the Iron Curtain

Traveling from West to East Germany
Beginn des Projektes: October 2020

Research project

Starting in the early 1970s, the Iron Curtain became increasingly porous: During the "Honecker era," the GDR authorities recorded several million entries from West Berlin, the Federal Republic, and other non-socialist countries each year. Based on tourist travel from West to East Germany, the project explores the reasons for and consequences of the GDR's (re)opening to the West. It analyzes the regime's goals and the numerous obstacles to establishing a successful tourism business. Furthermore, it examines the personal encounters of people from East and West and state attempts to regulate them. 

 

Dr. Stefanie Eisenhuth

Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam
Am Neuen Markt 1
14467 Potsdam

Office: Am Neuen Markt 1, room 0.30
Phone.: 0331/28991-31

Email: eisenhuth [at] zzf-potsdam.de

Forschung