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De-Zentralbild. Migrants' views of their lives in the GDR. Culture of remembrance between East and West

The history of German migration is dominated by a West German perspective. But

Immigration also took place in the GDR, and it continues to shape the lives of Black people and People of Colour in East Germany to this day. But which memories and which images are publicly present? They are often stereotypical photos that are supposed to authenticate a lived socialist solidarity.

Photos of everyday life, work, parties, friendships or loneliness and longing are rarely visible.

The online exhibition "De-Zentralbild" has collected such images and the memories associated with them in Germany, Cuba, Mozambique and Vietnam. We invite you to get to know De-Zentralbild and discuss migration history(ies) in Germany with experts from different perspectives. The project "De-Zentralbild" was realised in cooperation with DOMiD.


  • Introduction to the online exhibition and the archive "De-Zentralbild. Migrant:innen in der DDR":
    Isabel Enzenbach (ZZF, Potsdam)
  • Phương Thúy Nguyễn in conversation with contemporary witnesses:
    Tanju Tügel (studied in Cologne and East Berlin)
  • Panel discussion "Culture of remembrance between East and West" with:
    Iris Rajanayagam (Federal Centre for Civic Education/BpB),
    Lina Falivena (DOMiD e.V.)
    Paulino José Miguel (Uthukumana Afrika e.V.)
    Emiliano Chaimite (Afropa e.V.).
    Moderated by Jane Weiß (Federal Agency for Civic Education/BpB).

Followed by a get-together with snacks and drinks.

An event organised by the Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb. Supported by DOMiD
(Documentation Centre and Museum on Migration in Germany).

Exhibition tour

Visitors have the opportunity to visit the DOMiDLabs exhibition WERT / SCHÄTZEN - Eine Ausstellung über Anerkennung in der Migrationsgesellschaft before the event.

Tuesday, 30.01.24, 17:30 | Guided tour through the exhibition WERT / SCHÄTZEN, fully booked

Employees of the DOMiDLabs project will guide you through the exhibition WERT / SCHÄTZEN - An exhibition about recognition in the migration society. The tour is in German.

DOMiDLabs: Laboratory for Participatory Museum Design is a project of DOMiD and is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

Participation in the events is free of charge.

For re-listening: Audio recording

De-Zentralbild. Migrants' views of their lives in the GDR. A culture of remembrance between East and West

Introduction to the online exhibition, discussion with contemporary witnesses and panel discussion in the Alte Feuerwache
Tuesday, January 30, 2024, 7 p.m.
Mit: Isabel Enzenbach, Phương Thúy Nguyễn, Tanju Tügel, Iris Rajanayagam, Lina Falivena, Paulino José Miguel, Emiliano Chaimite, Francesca Schmidt

In cooperation with DOMiD (Documentation Center and Museum on Migration in Germany)

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