Stroll through Berlin-Lichtenberg... on the Rosenfelder Ring...
Manfred Beier giving a geography lesson to his 6th grade class at a Berlin school, 1949.
On Sunday in Leest, near Potsdam... "Girls at the Window."
"Frau H (71 years old) and her cousin Z. sitting In front of the house at Hafenstrasse 39 (who worked as a carpenter aboard the ocean steamer "Imperator" in 1914)"
They wanted to clean up the basement but found a treasure trove of photos instead. After Berlin teacher Manfred Beier died, his sons stumbled across 60,000 pictures. Their father, it turns out, created one of the best documentations of life in East Germany, and the first days of the West...The Spiegel Online link explains more about the collection and has a gallery of 38 photos.
It is a photographic diary of the long life of Manfred Beier, who was born in Berlin, Germany, in 1927, grew up at Strausberger Platz square and was drafted as a teenager into part of the last-ditch Volkssturm German army defense at the end of World War II. He worked for decades after the war in the East German school system and always carried at least one camera with him... It's a photographic diary of German history. And it is the most comprehensive and complete documentation of everyday life in the German Democratic Republic -- unique in its photographic and cultural-historical value, experts say.