Daily life in the GDR was inseparable from exposure to SED propaganda. In this picture taken in 1980, a bride and groom and their wedding guests are pictured in front of the registry office in Erfurt, which prominently displayed a banner with the party slogan: “For Peace and Socialism” [“Für Frieden und Sozialismus”]. The photographer was Uwe Gerig, a freelance photojournalist who worked primarily in the southern districts of the GDR. In 1983, he and his wife managed to flee to West Germany during a trip to then Yugoslavia. Before their escape, he protected parts of his photo archive from the Stasi by mailing his negatives and slides to friends in the West.

Wedding Party and Slogan: “For Peace and Socialism” (c. 1980)


Source: Wedding in Erfurt. View of wedding couple, guests, and car under the slogan “For Peace and Socialism.” Date: c. 1980. Photo: Uwe Gerig.

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