Chronik der Wende

The Chronicle of the turn is a produced by the East German Broadcasting Brandenburg multimedia project that documents the events of the change in the GDR in the form of a chronicle.


Core of the project is a series of 15-minute television contributions, which documents the turn of related events a day with news clippings of West German stations (namely ARD, ZDF, RIAS - TV and SFB ) and the East German television of the GDR. Are supplemented by interviews with the news eyewitnesses who were involved in the days events. A recurring optical element are windows that appeared in both the opening and closing credits, as served as background even when the eyewitness interviews.

The series was first broadcast in 1994, where, starting on October 7 - the anniversary of the founding of the GDR and the beginning of the turn - every day a result of the events of that day was sent exactly 5 years earlier. The temporal parallelism should allow viewers to once again witness the events in the same time sequence as it was then. The first broadcast ended on 18 December 1994, the events december des 18. 1989.

In the following years further episodes were produced, so that 1999/2000 could be made a second appearance, this time extends up to the events of March 18, 1990, the day of the first free election to the People's Chamber and preliminary endpoint of the actual turn of events.

A third appearance was 2004/2005.

Between 7 October 2009 and 18 March 2010, the series was held on the occasion of " 20 years fall of the wall " again during the night hours from RBB.

The series was later aired on the 3rd RBB television or the ORB. It was taken in part from other third party programs, the ARD and the documentary channel Phoenix.


Complementing the ORB 1994 and 1999 sent in its programs Antenne Brandenburg and Radio Eins daily an abridged version of the original contributions of television history. Furthermore, there were special programs and " Radio Days " called thematic priorities. The radio reports were partly taken from other ARD stations, including the HR and the MDR.


An extensive Internet presence has been produced on the occasion of the second broadcast in 1999. It gives an overview of the events of each day, this is supplemented with photos, written documents, audio and video excerpts, short biographies of important people, a glossary and a bibliography. After the broadcasts, it was there also possible to discuss a chat with some of the eyewitnesses.

Coinciding with the first broadcast, published by Ch Publisher two volumes with a written chronicle that is more detailed than the television and Internet versions, ranging to 3 October 1990. This edition is out of print but in the trade.

The second edition of 1999 is slightly shortened and contains in a single volume the events until March 18, 1990.


In 1994 a slipcase with 6 VHS tapes of the entire original version ( 7 October-18 December ) contains the television chronicle. Just as the original book volumes, this collection is no longer commercially available.

Published in 1999, two VHS tapes with 12 selected individual episodes.

On 23 October 2009 a box of 3 DVDs released with the same 24 selected individual episodes.

On 14 December 2009 a box appeared with the entire series on 18 DVDs at the Federal Centre for Political Education.


Chronicle of the turn was the 1995 Adolf Grimme Prize.