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What was the cultural and political function of the Palace of the Republic and what changes can be observed during its 13 years of operation in the GDR? Marion Brasch talks about these and other questions with the former chief director of the Palast der Republik Volker Büttner, the journalist and author Joachim Hentschel and the sociologist and author Katharina Warda.

Many people remember the Palace of the Republic as a place of pleasure and entertainment. Opened in 1976 as the “House of the People”, the building attracted thousands of visitors every day with its thirteen restaurants and cafés, discotheque and bowling alley. The diversity of the programme – from concerts, readings and theatre performances to fashion shows – contributed greatly to its popularity. National and international music stars performed in the Palace of the Republic and offered visitors memorable experiences. As the seat of the People’s Chamber and a place of state representation, the Palast’s programme also had a political dimension.



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