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Communist theme park to open its gates
Yahoo News!/Reuters ^ | Thu Feb 27

Posted on 02/27/2003 8:19:27 PM PST by nickcarraway

BERLIN (Reuters) - Hoping to capitalise on a wave of nostalgia for Communist East Germany, a Berlin company is planning to build a theme park that revives life behind the Iron Curtain in the country that disappeared nearly 13 years ago.

Massine Productions GmbH hopes to recreate a 10,000-square metre (107,600 sq ft) replica of East Germany, complete with surly border guards, rigorous customs inspections, authentic East German mark notes, and restaurants with regulation bland East German food.

"The aim isn't to make big joke out of East Germany," said Susanne Reich, a spokeswoman for the company which is expected to invest several million euros on the project, slated for the southeastern Berlin district of Koepenick.

"It was an important part of Germany's history and the period should be recreated as accurately as possible."

Nostalgia for East Germany has lingered ever since reunification in 1990. Known as "Ostalgie", a play on the German words for east and nostalgia, the spirit has given rise to scores of "GDR parties", books, songs and popular films.

A German film "Good Bye, Lenin", in which a man recreates East Germany in a 79-square-metre (850-sq-ft) flat to protect his ailing mother from the shock of reunification after she comes out of a coma, has surged to the top of the German film charts and more than a million people have been to see it.

Even though East Germany lasted just four decades, Reich insists that the project has the potential to go the distance:

"We've spoken to a number of tourist agencies in Europe and the United States, and there's been plenty of interest."


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Foreign Affairs; Germany; Government
KEYWORDS: communism

1 posted on 02/27/2003 8:19:27 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Wow, Euro Disney will be quaking in fear at the competition!
2 posted on 02/27/2003 8:22:21 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: nickcarraway
Gulag rides? Stale bread in the concession stands? Prison for anyone who complains?

Forced confessions for 10 Euros, anyone?

How about forcing everyone to work for peanuts in the amusement park while the directors live in luxury? Ah, those were the days!

3 posted on 02/27/2003 8:26:33 PM PST by Cultural Jihad
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To: rockfish59
ping
4 posted on 02/27/2003 8:32:45 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Cultural Jihad
Since this is East Germany...Trabant rides if they can find any still running.
5 posted on 02/27/2003 8:37:54 PM PST by xp38
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To: nickcarraway
You know, ya gotta love such a goofy idea. I'd love to be a commie for a day. LOL.
6 posted on 02/27/2003 8:39:02 PM PST by The Toad
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To: Cultural Jihad
When the park fails, taxpayers can bail it out.
7 posted on 02/27/2003 8:40:54 PM PST by martin_fierro (American Idle)
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To: nickcarraway
Ja, anyone trying to leave the park will be shot.
8 posted on 02/27/2003 8:41:01 PM PST by speedy
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To: Cultural Jihad
I can't wait for the Virtual Reality experience: Escape under the Berlin Wall !!!
9 posted on 02/27/2003 8:42:15 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: nickcarraway
Excellent. Long lines for everything. Out of stock concession stands for 27 days every month. No toilet paper in the sole unisex restroom. Cigarretes used for currency and bartering.

I like it already! Where do I sign up?

10 posted on 02/27/2003 8:44:13 PM PST by Citizen of the Savage Nation
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To: nickcarraway
Wow!.. ancient cars, repressive secret police, stultifying propaganda, worthless currency, etc, etc...

Achtung Mein Herren! IT"S CALLED CUBA!!!!

11 posted on 02/27/2003 8:47:08 PM PST by friendly
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To: Cultural Jihad
What are they doing to Eric Clapton?
12 posted on 02/27/2003 8:47:37 PM PST by eddie willers
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To: nickcarraway

If this works, my idea of creating Hell On Earth should be a big success. I never figured people would pay fifty bucks to go to Hell, but maybe they would.


13 posted on 02/27/2003 8:51:47 PM PST by Nick Danger (Freeps Ahoy! Caribbean cruise May 31... from $610 http://www.freeper.org)
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To: nickcarraway
"The aim isn't to make big joke out of East Germany," ..

And yet they seem to be doing such a good job of it.

14 posted on 02/27/2003 8:52:15 PM PST by Mike Darancette
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To: speedy

Perzactly. ;)

15 posted on 02/27/2003 9:48:29 PM PST by Cultural Jihad
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To: nickcarraway
To enter, you have to climb over a wall.
16 posted on 02/27/2003 10:29:25 PM PST by PoisedWoman (Fed up with the liberal media)
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To: speedy
Massine Productions GmbH hopes to recreate a 10,000-square metre (107,600 sq ft) replica of East Germany, complete with surly border guards, rigorous customs inspections, authentic East German mark notes, and restaurants with regulation bland East German food.

I hate to spoil it for everyone, but I'm living with surly cops, rigorous customs inspections each time I come and go, and lousy restaurants with bland food. (when they're not out of certain stuff). Only thing missing in my life are the East German marks!

Somehow I can't imagine ANYONE paying to undergo what I've been through the last seven years. 'course, I've got beaches, sunshine, and lots of alcohol. Something East Germany never had.

17 posted on 02/27/2003 10:42:11 PM PST by Experiment 6-2-6 (Meega, Nala Kweesta!!!!)
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To: Experiment 6-2-6
May we all be so underprivileged. ;)
18 posted on 02/27/2003 10:46:07 PM PST by Cultural Jihad
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To: PoisedWoman
Heck, make people get creative to get in, like those who tried to get past the Wall. Even better, machine guns and dogs!
19 posted on 02/27/2003 10:54:34 PM PST by baseballfanjm
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To: nickcarraway
The East German National Anthem:


Hail, hail East Germany
Land of vine and grape.
Land where you'll regret
Any try to escape
No matter if you tunnel under
Or take a running jump at the wall,
Forget it, the guards will kill you
If the electric fence doesn't first.
20 posted on 02/27/2003 10:58:14 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: xp38
P.J.O'Rourke wrote something about the dog food topped pizza as sold in East Berlin. Every guest should be offered a slice of that.
21 posted on 02/27/2003 10:59:03 PM PST by oyez (Is this a great country...........Or what?)
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To: nickcarraway
Its only accurate if they kidnap a lot of people force them to live in the park and try to shot anyone who tries to leave.
22 posted on 02/27/2003 11:00:11 PM PST by weikel ( Ad space here rates are reasonable)
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To: oyez
I always liked this one:

"You can't get good chinese takeout in China and cuban cigars are rationed in Cuba. That's all you need to know about communism." -- P.J. O'Rourke

23 posted on 02/28/2003 3:19:18 AM PST by martin_fierro (American Idle)
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To: nickcarraway
How incredibly...............odd. Akin to wistfully reminiscing about a festering boil on one's backside.
24 posted on 02/28/2003 3:31:12 AM PST by RightOnline
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To: nickcarraway
Free Republic Highlights, 2/28/03
25 posted on 02/28/2003 3:57:16 AM PST by I Am Not A Mod
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To: Nick Danger
Welcome to Bummerland
26 posted on 03/01/2003 12:29:32 PM PST by Way2Serious
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