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Plakat "Wendehals"

  • Plakat
  • Unbekannt (Hersteller)
  • Berlin (Stadt); Historische Bezeichnung: Deutsche Demokratische Republik (Land)
  • 1989

Firebrand and chameleon

On 4 November 1989, on Alexanderplatz in Berlin, oppositional groups and artists organised the biggest rally against the system in the GDR's history. Their banners showed images like the firebrand with blazing black, red, and gold hair, and the chameleon - a warning against changing sides like this creature changes colour.

On that day, thousands stood up for freedom of expression, the press, assembly, and foreign travel. More demonstrations followed. This wall shows banners from November and December 1989.

Detailed information

Object type
Involved Persons/Corporate Bodies
Unbekannt (Hersteller)
Period Produced
Exhibition Format
gelb gestrichene Hartfaserplatte, bemalt und mit ebenfalls bemalten Papierbuchstaben sowie einem auf Papier gedruckten FDJ-Symbol beklebt
Durchmesser: 83 cm
Places / Cultures
Berlin (Stadt); Historische Bezeichnung: Deutsche Demokratische Republik (Land)
SSB Fashion Collection, SSB Document
Exhibition Location
Exhibition & Module
SSB01 BERLIN GLOBAL / SSB01 03 Revolution / SSB01 03 1989
Owner/Managing Institution
Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin
Inventory Number
SM 2017-91972,21
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