Protest against Egon Krenz being installed as chairman of the State Council outside the State Council building in East Berlin, 24 October 1989.
Source: picture-alliance/dpa/Wolfgang Kumm

The Social Democratic Party

The Social Democratic Party in the GDR (SDP) was founded at Schwante Rectory (Brandenburg) on 7 October 1989.
Source: Privatarchiv Steffen Reiche
Stills from a film made by Aram Radomski at the founding meeting of the SDP on 7 October 1989. Members of the initiative group Social Democratic Party in the GDR: Martin Gutzeit (l.), Markus Meckel (2nd r.), Arndt Noack (r.).
Source: Robert-Havemann-Gesellschaft/Aram Radomski
Stills from a film made by Aram Radomski at the founding meeting of the SDP on 7 October 1989. Members of the initiative group Social Democratic Party in the GDR: Markus Meckel (l.), Arndt Noack (r.).
Source: Robert-Havemann-Gesellschaft/Aram Radomski
Stills from a film made by Aram Radomski at the founding meeting of the SDP on 7 October 1989. Members of the initiative group Social Democratic Party in the GDR. At the table: Konrad Elmer chairing the meeting.
Source: Robert-Havemann-Gesellschaft/Aram Radomski
Demonstrators showing public support for the SDP in East Berlin, 24 October 1989.
Source: Archiv Bundesstiftung Aufarbeitung, Bestand Klaus Mehner, Nr. 89_1024_POL_Demo_08
On 24 July 1989, Martin Gutzeit and Markus Meckel first started distributing their ideas. Preparations for the foundation of a social democratic party in the GDR began at the end of August. This paper from 12 September sums up the most important issues on a single page.
Source: Robert-Havemann-Gesellschaft
Founding charter of the SDP dated 7 October 1989. The Social Democratic Party inevitably questioned the legitimacy of the ruling Socialist Unity Party (SED), as the SED had been formed in 1946 by a forced merger of the communist and social democratic parties in East Germany.
Source: Privatarchiv Martin Gutzeit
SDP membership card of the founding member Martin Gutzeit.
Source: Privatarchiv Martin Gutzeit
SDP membership card of the founding member Martin Gutzeit.
Source: Privatarchiv Martin Gutzeit
Dienstausweis der SDP von Gründungsmitglied Martin Gutzeit.
Source: Privatarchiv Martin Gutzeit
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