Tag in der DDR

Tag in der DDR—Plan von 2003(?)

Weckdienst on this day will be the National Hymn of the GDR. At Morgenkreis (and all Kreise on this day), one does not ask how “Waldsee” is doing, but rather how the “Gute Genossen” are. During breakfast there is much that will need to be clarified, for example: what are the aims for the day, what is expected of each person, what does one do, if the ideals are not being upheld? At each table there will be a list of the communist ideals; this list will also be found in each classroom. It is important that at both breakfast and at dinner the meals are served hausweise so that the Staasi agents (one person from each house has to be chosen the day before to be an agent and monitor the behavior of his/her bunkmates) can easily determine who is unloyal to the communist manifesto. The same goes for the LKT classes. Within each classroom there will be an agent, and so LKT’s will have to eat with their classmates so that the informants can keep tabs. It would be nice if the LKT teachers could direct their “Unterricht” to parallel the simulation: learning about DDR artists, or famous Germans born in eastern Germany (Bach, Martin Luther, Walter Gropius), or the history of East Germany, etc. The “Essensvorstellungen” should be, if it is possible, done in a dialect of the former East, Berliner, Thuringian, Saxon, etc. Each agent will receive several forms with lists of possible crimes against the state. Each “Akte” bears a different name, the name of a person either in their house or in their class. It is the job of the informants to (as nonchalantly as possible) circle the crime which has been committed. Files will also be provided so that students can regulate not only their comrades, but also their “Betreuer.” Ideally every one will in some way deviate from the ideals of the Republic. The consequences of the transgressions will not become apparent (if apparent is an applicable word) until they go to the kiosk, store, or bank. A list of the transgressors will be posted at each building. People on the list will not be able to buy, receive anything that day. Despite being blacklisted, relatively good campers will find that certain things are no longer able to be bought, or that there is few to be had. Maria suggested only one type of soda to sell, and three types of candy for the Kiosk; the same goes for the store, less is more. Perhaps the bank can only give out one euro that day. Not only the stores have less to offer, but the meals as well are more sparing than usual. At breakfast there will be no nutella, very little butter, and only enough whole “Brötchen” to give to half of the campers. There will, however, be enough milk, water, jelly, and oats. Meat at other dinners will also be in less portions to see how well our campers can lead an ideal communist lifestyle without letting the “Mensch” get in the way. No citrus/ tropical fruit can be offered the villagers. They will have to make do with apples. To help them remember that they must try their hardest to make things work (even though they wont), each villager will receive a blue or yellow hankerchief to wear around their necks (typical of the young pioneers), and at Gesang we will teach the villagers the “proper way” to greet another comrade.