That’s how nostalgic the East Cola party at the theater was

Brandenburg/H. The need is great, because in 1972 thousands of Brandenburgers dream of a new apartment. A construction boom begins, especially in North Brandenburg and the then new district of Hohenstücken.

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At the Ost Cola party, Brandenburgers admire images from 1972

At the Ost Cola party in the Brandenburg theater, guests see images from 1972 and are amazed. “Fifty years ago the city had no money for renovation. New buildings were cheaper and the city was changing. These old pictures remind me of my childhood and youth. We were young, free, carefree. At the Ost-Cola parties we always meet old friends, that’s great,” says Kerstin Elze.

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While thinking about her childhood in the theater district, her husband Jörg recalls adventures. 50 years ago, after the demolition of a wall, he and his father removed old stones in a handmade wheelbarrow from Friedensstrasse, today’s Sankt-Annen-Strasse, and then took them with them. “We built a new gazebo from the remains. It has risen from the ruins, as the title of the GDR national anthem says,” comments Jörg Schöfisch.

The couple reminisced about the photos and took to the dance floor to 80s songs.

A surprise guest made of bronze reminds Brandenburg of his childhood

The photos were taken by long-time MAZ photographer Bruno Wernitz, who made them available to the Brandenburg City Archives before his death. Some photos show Brandenburg-North at night, queues in front of the Concerthaus cinema and shopping experiences at the former Magnet department store on the corner of Hauptstraße and Molkenmarkt.

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A few feet from the paintings is a bronze guest of honor that visitors haven’t seen since the 1980s. Nadin Deisler is delighted to see the Little Trumpeter sculpture. The building was in front of the Polytechnic High School (POS) Fritz Weineck, today’s Konrad-Sprengel-School in North Brandenburg and was then located in the courtyard of the Brandenburg building for decades.

Ost-Cola-Party planners found the location of the building through a call on Facebook, picked it up in a van and finally brought it to the theater. After the event, the little trumpeter will be in the Brandenburg City Museum on Ritterstrasse.

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“Today I can still read the melody and some lines from Mikro Tropusta. At the time, all the kids knew who that character was,” says MAZ native Wusterwitz. Fritz Weineck was shot and killed at a German Communist Party (KPD) election rally in 1925 and was therefore later honored as a martyr. Politicians named streets, schools and squares after him.

Kerstin and Torsten Brandenburg remember the parties in the former Beiler discotheque, delight in the photos of the Barkas trucks, smile about the hairstyles and clothing style in the GDR. They are pleased to experience their first Ost Cola party.

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At the Ost Cola Party, the dance floor is the meeting point for the guests

“Through these photographs we experience a journey through time, and that’s wonderful,” says Torsten Brandenburg. However, he and other party guests criticize the fact that the trip on the so-called traditional train of the Brandenburg transport company was canceled due to a lack of staff.

The dance floor is the place to be at the Ost Coke Party, but only when songs like Britney Spears’ 1998 “Baby One More Time” aren’t playing. Here the guests leave in droves, but a few minutes later the situation is back under control with hits from Depeche Mode, Bronski Beat and Michael Jackson.

“We need the songs of the 70’s and 80’s because only those perfectly capture the fun. And then it matches the mood,” says Carmen Staffa, whose wish is quickly granted. When the DJ plays the song “Am Fenster” by the band City, she invades the dance floor. She met her husband Michael with this song in 1989 and the Brandenburgs have been married 32 years to date.

By André Grossmann

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