Photo articles of Bernd-Horst Sefzik
The Soviet Union – as “Big Brother” – received particular attention in the NBI. Be it student programmes with Freiberg FDJ members and Soviet “Komsomols” in Kyrgyzstan, natural disasters and destroyed villages in Georgia or the annihilation of intermediate-range missiles on the steppes of Kazakhstan following disarmament agreements: Bernd-Horst Sefzik was there.
Unfortunately, we have no information about the context in which the pictures arose. The report was never published in the NBI: Report 467, not published.
Snow, ice and avalanches destroyed countless villages in the mountains of Western Georgia. In Ushguli and the surrounding area alone, one hundred people were killed beneath the snow. Ten thousand people lost their homeland and were relocated: Departure from Ushguli, NBI 19/87.
14 students from Freiberg spent the summer in Kyrgyzstan. Together with their Soviet counterparts they set up a recreation centre: Adventure Kyrgyzstan, NBI 37/77.
In 1987, in the so-called INF treaty, the USA and the USSR agreed to dismantle their nuclear intermediate-range systems. The photo series shows the destruction of one of the first Soviet SS-20 missiles: Start on the steppes, NBI 17/89.