Mass Rally and Torchlight Procession by the Free German Youth in East Berlin (October 11, 1949) - An example of early GDR propaganda as the Free German Youth are being indoctrinated and won over. I find it disgusting that propaganda is often targeted at the youth, but I understand from a psychological standpoint that it is far easier to change the opinion of a brain that is not yet fully-formed rather than an adult who has a wealth of life experiences.
"Black Becomes White, or Automatic Denazification" (1946) - A political cartoon satirizing both the Bible and denazification program. I found it funny that the Allies who preach for democracy and individualism are being so openly forgiving of those who were sworn Nazis.
"New Teachers for the New Schools" (1945) - An ad for new teachers who would undergo an extremely short training period rather than get an educational degree. It's rather similar to what is going on in the U.S. as many of our own teachers are being laid off for their personal lives and opinions.
Permission to Ride a Bicycle (July 24, 1945) - An interesting document considering that riding a bicycle is such a common activity throughout most of Europe and here in the US. The fact that it was so strictly regulated is something I find shocking.
Flirting at the Wannsee (1947) - No matter how much they tried to keep the cultures separate in the wake of WWII, the cultures still chose to pursue members of opposing cultures and sometimes flaunted their defiance.
"The World of the Woman" Exhibition in East Berlin (September 1956) - An interesting beginning given that later on in the regime many of the jobs that were viewed as men only became open to a female workforce. Many women chose to pursue this avenue which was considered progressive.
Vials of Orasthin (1961) - The restricted access to abortion medications is a direct mirror to what the government is doing here in the US. And just as women seek abortions from non-legal methods now, this a tradition that has lasted forever.
Teacher with her Pupils in Hamburg-Wellingsbüttel (1950) - It's interesting how much this looks like pictures from American schools in the 1950s. It's also an interesting contrast between the large classrooms of the current educational systems with teachers who aren't involved in their students lives.