Eyewitness: The 1960s

(Der Augenzeuge – Die 60er Jahre)

GDR, n/a/2001, 318 min
In German; no subtitles


This video series gives one insight into the daily events back then in the form of raw reportage of the weekly chronicles, showing (often in headlines) the momentous political and economic occurrences, athletic and youth competitions, arts and entertainment and diverting encounters with public officials as well as discoveries and incidents that moved a nation.


Part 1: The 60s (1960-1963)

In a selection of individual "Eyewitnesses" from the years 1960 and 1963, one can see amongst other things:

  • No. 16 from 2/19/1960: NATO Troops in West Berlin, Leipzig Zoo, Cross-country Driver
  • No. 35 from 4/26/1960: DEFA Film "Mother Courage," Ivory from Carrara, Basketball
  • No. 57 from 7/12/1960: Baltic Sea Week 1960
  • No. 25 from 6/20/1961: 20th Anniversary of Military Aggression Against the Soviet Union, Khruschev on the Kennedy Rally
  • No. 37 from 9/12/1961: Song About Willy Brandt and the 13th of August Sung By Three Armor Soldiers
  • No. 52 from 12/27/1961: That was 1961
  • No. 10 from 3/7/1962: Leipzig Fair, 6th Anniversary of the National People's Army (NVA) with a Big Tattoo
  • No. 45 from 11/7/1962: The "Spiegel" Affair, Leningrad Ballet "Dying Swan"
  • No. 45 from 11/6/1963: Visit to the Birthplace of the Satellite, Seelenbinder Commemorative School of Gymnastics
  • No. 48 from 11/27/1963: John F. Kennedy's Assassination, Sports: Racing Battle Vehicles, Motor Boat Race


Part 2: The 60s (1964-1966)

In a selection of individual "Eyewitnesses" from the years 1964 and 1966, one can see amongst other things:

  • No. 40 from 9/30/1964: Farewell to Otto Grotewohl, "Täve" Schur Ends Career
  • No. 42 from 10/14/1964: 15th Anniversary of the GDR, DEFA Films in Zanzibar, Curling
  • No. 45 from 11/4/1964: Pass Agreement - Citizens of  West Berlin in the GDR Capitol
  • No. 11 from 3/10/1965: 800 Years of Leipzig - 800 Year Fair, Handball
  • No. 42 from 10/13/1965: Guests from the Cosmos, Shots from "The Sons of the Great Bear"
  • No. 46 from 11/10/1965: Visiting with Heinrich Zille's Daughter, Modern Pentathlon
  • No. 22 from 5/22/1966: "Workers' Slap in the Face" for Lübke, Atomic Energy in the GDR Integrated Network
  • No. 34 from 8/17/1966: 8/13/1966 = 5 Years After the Construction of the Wall = Peacekeeping Manifesto!
  • No. 38 from 9/14/1966: 8 Gold Medals: European Track and Field Championship
  • No. 51 from 12/14/1966: Hanoi - Berlin, Ice Hockey, Interesting Facts about Festival Day Roasts


Part 3: The 60s (1967-1969)

In a selection of individual "Eyewitnesses" from the years 1967 and 1969, one can see amongst other things:

  • No. 10 from 3/1/1967: Around Alexanderplatz: the Center of the Capitol Emerges
  • No. 18 from 5/10/1967: 7th SED Party Congress, Consumer Goods with a Kick, 5,000 Hens in the Coop
  • No. 25 from 6/28/1967: Bloody Friday in West Berlin: the Murder of Benno Ohnesorg, Model Railway
  • No. 32 from 8/9/1967: New Mühlendamm Bridge, Construction on Alexanderplatz, Jack Kramer Looks for New Blood in Tennis
  • No. 17 from 4/17/1968: Dr. Martin Luther King Assassinated, European Boxing Cup
  • No. 32 from 7/31/1968: Youth Fashion, Jenapharm, Karl-Eduard von Schnitzler
  • No. 44 from 10/23/1968: Mexico City: Summer Olympic Games Report
  • No. 9 from 2/19/1969: Gabriele Seyfert is Victorious in Garmisch-Partenkirchen
  • No. 42 from 10/8/1969: 20th Anniversary of the GDR
  • No. 53 from 12/24/1969: Television Cook Kurt Drummer, a Look into the Apartments of Tomorrow


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