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Bundesarchiv (Federal Archives)

The Federal Archives, based in Koblenz and Berlin, are the National Archives of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and are responsible for preserving, indexing and making available to the public the archival records of the Federal Government and its predecessor institutions. This also includes the holdings of the Central State Archives, the State Film Archive and the Military Archives of the German Democratic Republik (GDR), which were incorporated into the Federal Archives after the German reunification. The departments of the Federal Archives include the Film Archive of the Federal Archives - the central German film archive and one of the largest film archives worldwide.

On behalf of the Federal Archives and the Foundation Archive of Parties and Mass Organisations of the GDR (SAPMO), PROGRESS catalogues and exclusively exploits approximately 2,500 commissioned films from around 40 ministries, parties and mass organisations of the GDR. These films were commissioned by the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED), various ministries (the Ministries of National Defence, Culture, Environment, Construction, Finance, Agriculture and Forestry, Microelectronics, Light and Heavy Industry, the Ministry of the Interior, etc.), mass organisations such as the Free German Trade Union Confederation (FDGB), the Free German Youth (FDJ), the Society for Sport and Technology (GST), the Democratic Women's Federation of Germany (DFD), the Society for German-Soviet Friendship (DSF) or the Cultural Federation, but also the Forensic Institute of the German People's Police, the National Council of the National Front of the GDR, the State Planning Commission, the German Central Institute for Teaching Materials, the Committee of Anti-Fascist Resistance Fighters or the Buchenwald Committee.

The documentary or propagandistic films report from the perspective of official institutions on topics of everyday life - such as the FDGB's holiday service, holiday and travel opportunities in the GDR or the position of women in work, family and politics - as well as on internationally significant contemporary events such as the liberation movement in Congo under Patrice Lumumba, the uprising in Hungary in 1956 or the space flight of Sigmund Jähn and Waleri Bykowski in August 1978. Of particular historical value are the approximately 1,000 films from the stock of the Film Studio of the National People's Army (NVA), with numerous, in part previously unknown, shots of the inner-German border between the construction of the Berlin Wall and its fall.


Schutzwall (1966)Schutzwall | 1966

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