Photo. Refugees waiting to be admitted to the Marienfelde Refugee Center, August 14, 1961
© DHM-Schirner

December 2011

Flyer: “Don’t forget to send your package to the other side" (ENM-003494)

Flyer: Don’t forget to send your package to the other side


Flyer: Don’t forget to send your package to the other side (rear side)


This flyer from the 1950s and 1960s – with the warning “Don’t forget to send your package over there” reminded West German citizens to send their gifts to East Germany. To that end, the back side of the flyer listed the most important regulations that had to be followed: For instance, only one pair of socks per person could be sent. Luxury goods like coffee and chocolate could also be sent only in limited amounts

The work of the so-called “Eastern Aid Circles” (Osthilfekreise) began in 1948 with the “Send your package over there” campaign. Among other products, the organization promoted the sending of literature and clothing. Thus, even the willingness of people to help others became, in the Cold War, an expression of superiority.