Videostream, Lecture, talk.

Online event: Giant atom

Lecture on the race for the first German nuclear power plant

GDR Museum

In the second half of the 1950s, nuclear energy became a beacon of hope for the DDR. In addition to high expectations of independent energy generation and an export-oriented nuclear industry, the leadership of the SED also combined political goals with its use. Rheinsberg was chosen as the location for the DDR's first reactor after a long discussion about Neubrandenburg. But against the backdrop of the Cold War and global »atomic euphoria«, a German-German race began to determine where the first German reactor would be.


Dr. Olaf Strauss, historian, Greifswald

The event will be streamed on YouTube:

The event will take place in German.


Meeting point

GDR Museum

Digital event

Related exhibition
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26. May 2021
18:00 till 20:00
Free admission

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