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How it went on search

900819. CHAPTER
Maien saw the story of doom in the trash
run away more and more.
In the process, he discovered an unwinding
rationalization center in the trash.
Manuscript from: Carl Mai, How it went on, Berlin 1941-92

Fensterausblick | Foto: D. KirvesFor 43 days the superiors have concluded and carried out the monetary union with the 1st democratic workers' and peasants' state with all foreign exchange transactions. Ruble for transfer ruble. DeMark for TransferMark with account shifting in million heights. That was on July 1. And in 45 days, on October 3, the upper ones with the lower ones make the reunification with the accession areas of the workers' and peasants' state. Oh, united fatherland, how rough will you be?

Then the sun will shine even brighter over the secret capital with the wall holes and the wall woodpeckers. The symbols of the state are already being hawked on the streets, and many a person has been sent to jail for questioning them. "The last badges of the last party," the merchants exclaim.

What didn't Erich say: "... that the GDR is a politically stable socialist state with a dynamic economic system, a modern educational system, and in which science and the arts flourish, a state that realizes and reliably protects the rights and freedoms of its citizens ..."

And now we have the disaster with the transfer theater. What you don't want, I don't want; now let's feast on it together. But before that, we'll throw the dirt away, it's no use.

Berlin-Mitte. Neustädtische Kirchstraße. Behind the American Embassy with the People's Police in front. The star banner flutters wearily in the breeze. Next to the bookstore for official documents from the state publishing house of the GDR, the Rationalization and Research Center for Restaurants, Hotels and Communal Catering. A gray old building from the turn of the century. On the house wall a huge peeling advertisement "Margona, sparkling, fresh". Two overflowing mobile trash containers. In front of them a barrier like at railroad crossings.

There are not even the flies in the garbage, but there is something else in the garbage: A desk tray made of brown bakelite with "Germalith 248" embossed on the back, 21x12 cm; plus 12 unsharpened black pencils in different colors with a blue plastic sharpener; two ink pads, soaked in black in original packaging, the piece for the EVP (= Uniform Selling Price) of 1,90 M; a plastic ruler from "Bürobedarf Olbernhau" with a handle and a wooden ruler "Kubena", both 30 cm long; a green functional metal punch, brand "Cromefa"; various stamps, one of them embossed "ZKD".

The discarded office is becoming more and more sinister: Paper clips and card tabs in every size and quantity sorted into 50 pieces; East Tesafilm rolls with holder at EVP of 1,- M; card indexes from "A" to "Z"; typewriter ribbons in black and red, original packaging; stamping ink without oil for rubber stamps; office glue in bottles from VEB Robotron, Werk Bürochemie; various boxes of multi-vitamin preparations "Summavit forte", Do not take more than one dragée per day! , Keep in a cool, dry place!, they still stink when shrink-wrapped in plastic; room numbers 16 and 17 on plastic cards; moistener for stamps with rich green foam rubber; terminal strips in plastic still and still with a card index box made of gray cardboard.

And then all the stationery with forms and contracts: From the Council of Ministers of the GDR, Ministry of Trade and Supply; from the Director of the Rationalization and Research Center in various sizes; letterhead with "Internal" printed on it; forms for economic contracts; file registration lists; alphabetical registers with folder interleaves; reams of carbon paper; Hectograph writing sets equal to boxes; forms for travel expense reports; circulation slips for the purpose of "Consultation, Acknowledgement, Completion, Opinion, Signature, Decision, Whereabouts, Return, Pass on to, This attachment is to be passed on to the next department within 2 days. "; hundreds of blank index cards with rulings; various unused envelopes, some of them pre-addressed to the Leipzig field office in Erich-Kästner-Strasse; coin wrapping papers for 20-, 10- and 5-penny pieces, always 'Count and check on receipt'.

And then all the filing materials for the material to be sorted: empty and torn file folders without contents; clip folders; file covers; display covers; work folders; loose-leaf binders; collection folders; signature folders; etc.

And then the notebooks, pads and folders: incoming post books, ZKD incoming and outgoing books with numbered pages without entries, work books and record books, used pages are torn out, but nothing was entered in the pre-printed destruction lists, enrollment books, blank stenograph pads and a notebook labeled "defects book", in which the first page is handwritten with the headings "date", "reported damage" and "repaired". Only three reported damages are entered here, namely on 8.7.85 "socket in room 34", on 15.7.85 "door handle room 34" and on 16.7.85 "armchair administration and radio". Nothing was noted on this under the heading "fixed".

And in between, file material that did not shatter when thrown away.

And in between, file material that was not torn up when thrown away: Klemm-Mappe "Übersicht zum Gaststättennetz der DDR, Stand 1987, Berlin November 1988" with hectographed tables on the objects, used places, capacity figures and turnovers; loose-leaf binder with 59 original typewritten pages "Objektuntersuchung Parkhotel Leipzig, Belegarbeit, Erarbeitung von Vorschlägen für das tägliche Angebotssortiment an Speisen bei einer Speisengaststätte der 2. Category with the goal of reaching progressive standard values in the work productivity", beside the title someone noted handwritten and underlined in red "Category 1"; a quick binder with 50 typewritten pages "Object investigation restaurant 'city Dresden'", both from 1982; a quick binder with 50 handwritten pages "Additions and rework to the object investigations"; quick binder with 51 photocopied pages "Gastronomische Versorgung auf Freiflächen, Berlin 1987" with the prefatory note "With the decisions of the XI. Parteitag der SED wurde die Aufgabe gestellt, '... der systematischen Verbesserung der Leistungen und der Erhöhung des Niveaus der Gaststätten ...'zunehmend Gewicht beizumessen.'"; clip folder with hectographed sheets "Unterhaltung in den Gaststätten der Friedrichstraße, Berlin 1986, Nur für den Dienstgebrauch," here each location is discussed individually in detail; hectographed folder "Kurzanalyse des öffentlichen Gaststättennetzes der Hauptstadt der DDR, Berlin 1989, Büro für Handelsnetzplanung" with tables on turnover, development, etc. Folder with 60 loose sheets on "Level controls in restaurants, recommendations, self-checks, control lists" from the information and training cabinet "Restaurant culture", examples from the control lists: "Is the room climate pleasant? Are the tables in perfect condition?, Are glasses, cutlery and dishes undamaged?, Were you greeted when you entered the restaurant?, Did the time taken to take your order seem reasonable? etc."; folder with translated press notes from Russian newspapers on such topics as "Our debts / Foreign trip - expensive fun / Whoever is guilty should pay / Tasting for the minister / The family omnibus stopped at the start / In the dark of night / Midday meal for construction workers / Foreign money / Who is in charge at the department store? / Where to go with the ministry / Sober statistics of alcoholism / Fighting irresponsibility" etc., all articles are real typewritten pages, typed in 1987/88; then a loose-leaf binder with architects' drawings for the "Terrace roofing of the residential building of R. Gunke, Phöben", one of the bigwigs had something made for himself under the table; and a list "Office hours of the company police clinic of the socialist trade, department store at Alexanderplatz, 5th floor (4th floor), entrance at the world time clock, stairs or elevator".

Only three books were found: "Grundzüge der Lebensmittelchemie", 612 pages bound in linen, with stamp "VEB Elfe, Werkbücherei, Schont die Bücher!" from 1969, with pasted note "Dieses Buch ist zurückgeben bis zum: ...", here is no entry; then: "Wissensspeicher Chemie, das Wichtigste bis zum Abitur in Stichworten und Übersichten" by Klaus Sommer, 256 pages, Volk und Wissen, Berlin 1966 and "Kleine Enzyklopädie Technik", reference book with 868 pages, Leipzig 1963.

And finally, various things whose use fell victim to the fall of the Berlin Wall: A commercial kitchen planner with various setting discs for hotel and restaurant kitchens, hospital kitchens, crew and casino kitchens for up to 1200 table participants by Ernst Haas & Sohn, Herborn, Dillkreis, probably from 1959; a round food table with slider for calories, main nutrients, water, vitamins and calcium from Johann Ambrosius Barth Verlag, Leipzig; an intact thermometer, 40cm long with a measuring range of 0 to 400°C in a cardboard tube; and two burnt thick candles, each 35 centimeters long.

So the administrations dissolve, because they expect something better. The things can be thrown away just faster, although everything is still in the heads.

First the things are dismissed, then the people are dismissed. Good that there are still garbage cans. There then the history races along. That solves then the disposal with the final disposal.

Stacked in the museum of the transitorinesses the researchers worry later about the preservation of the things. The alkalis then fight with the acids in the papers. We can already determine the half-lives.

How is this to be rationalized in the waste garbage cans? There the upper ones worry then and want to stuff with it the old unprofitable mines. That creates so again jobs and all is well and better because of the calming of the conscience.

When will the new things be thrown away again? When does the old become new again? Where are the next garbage cans? How far is it to the next turnaround?

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