One of the probably less known areas which we collect is photography in the GDR. Cambridge University Library thus has a substantial collection on the topic. One publisher is particularly active in that field, called Lehmstedt Verlag, and we have a substantial number of their publications on the topic. However, there is of course a variety of publishers from which we acquire such material. Our collections include various academic books about the topic that can be borrowed, although a lot of the material we acquire is heavily illustrated and/or an exhibition catalogue and therefore cannot be taken out of the building. A few of those books recently caught my attention as they crossed my desk:
Erich Honecker, a familiar face of European politics throughout the 1970s and 1980s, died 20 years ago on May 29 1994, aged 81 in Chile. He was the leader of East Germany from May 1971 until mid-October 1989, three weeks before the fall of the Berlin Wall.