Our work at the IF DDR is streng­the­ned through colla­bo­ra­ti­ons with orga­ni­sa­ti­ons and indi­vi­du­als around the world. We are always eager to engage with new audi­en­ces and learn from diffe­rent perspec­ti­ves. At the same time, we are also on the lookout for contri­bu­ti­ons and prac­ti­cal assis­tance in our work.


Get in touch with us at: kontakt@ifddr.org


We welcome the oppor­tu­nity to visit your space or group either online or in real life to discuss the achie­ve­ments, reali­ties, and problems of socia­lism in the German Demo­cra­tic Repu­blic. In the past, we have lectu­red on topics such as health care, land reform & agri­cul­tu­ral coope­ra­ti­ves, women in socia­lism, and inter­na­tio­na­lism. More broadly, we have also discus­sed the work published on our “Friend­ship!” rese­arch plat­form, which exami­nes the rela­ti­ons and stra­te­gies between the socia­list states and natio­nal libe­ra­tion move­ments of the 20th century.


For a deeper inves­ti­ga­tion into the workings and contra­dic­tions of “actually exis­ting socia­lism”, we also offer work­shops and semi­nars. We have previously held semi­nars on ques­ti­ons around socia­list demo­cracy, plan­ned economy, and anti-impe­ria­list stra­te­gies. We are also open to sugges­ti­ons or requests on diffe­rent topics.


We previously were invi­ted by, or faci­li­ta­ted lear­ning sessi­ons with:


-  Senio­ren­club, Berlin

-  Movi­mento dos Trabal­ha­dores Rurais Sem Terra (MST), Brazil

-  Confe­rence “100 Years of the Hamburg Upri­sing”, Hamburg

-  The People’s Forum, New York

-  Credi­gion Socia­list Film Club, Wales

-  COMAC, Belgium

-  German-Chinese Friend­ship Asso­cia­tion, Ludwigsfelde

-  BreakTh­rough News, USA

-  Marx Memo­rial Library, London

-  Podcast “Reim­agi­ning Soviet Geor­gia”, Georgia



Are you inte­res­ted in rese­ar­ching the socia­list history of the last century? Would you like to help create prac­ti­cal educa­tio­nal mate­ri­als along­side your acade­mic studies?


Since 2023, interns have joined our team for seve­ral weeks to conduct archi­val rese­arch, write artic­les, assist in inter­views, and more. If you are curr­ently study­ing at univer­sity and would like to intern with at the IF DDR, send us an e‑mail and let us know what you are inte­res­ted in.



If you would like to contri­bute in a more flexi­ble manner, we are also always on the lookout for volun­teers. As an inter­na­tio­nally orien­ted rese­arch centre, we are constantly trans­la­ting texts and subtit­ling video content to make it acces­si­ble to a wide audi­ence. Other useful skills include video editing and social media.


If you have speci­fic ideas on topics, cont­acts to inte­res­t­ing contem­po­rary witnesses, or if you’d like to share rele­vant archi­val mate­ri­als with us we would also be more than happy to hear from you.



If you are a contem­po­rary witness yours­elf, who expe­ri­en­ced and shaped socia­list society, and would like to share your insights get in touch with us via our cont­act form here.