BorderExperiences. Everyday life in Divided Germany

    Exhibition in the Tränenpalast – "Palace of Tears" at Friedrichstraße station

    Leave-taking and longing, resentment and despair. The emotional experience of leaving East Germany for West Germany is never as intense as at Berlin’s Friedrichstraße Station border crossing point, called the Tränenpalast – "Palace of Tears". Here, people directly experience the impact of a divided Germany on their personal lives. The role of the Tränenpalast only changes after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

    The Foundation Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland presents the "BorderExperiences – Everyday life in Divided Germany" permanent exhibition at the original location of the Tränenpalast, now a listed building. With a combination of real-life stories, original objects and interviews with contemporary witnesses, the exhibition provides a vivid insight into life in the shadow of division and the border. The display also presents the key turning points in the reunification process.

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    Picture credits
    Above: © Stiftung Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
    Left: © Stephan Klonk