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Herbert Hensky (1910-2005) 
The miner Adolf Hennecke in the former occupation zone of Germany 
1948 
  
Gelatin silver print 
60 x 50 cm 
  
Bassenge Photography Auctions 
19th 21st Century Photography, 7 December 2022, Lot: 4194 
  
 
LL/124008 
  
On October 13, 1948, miner Adolf Hennecke performed four times the required work standard in an East German coal mine. Basically, it was a well-organized propaganda show to create role models and heroes and to raise work standards. The day before and after he had off. In addition, Hennecke received 1.5 kilograms of the then strictly rationed fat, three packs of cigarettes and a bottle of schnapps. The "Hennecke myth" lasted well into the 1970s in the GDR, and even longer among older people, before fading away completely. 
 

 
  
 
  
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