Almost nobody talks of the DDR anymore and at most of the fairs I have been at, you rarely see any items. Its almost like Germany's Experiment with communism was a pubescent quirk during their growing pains to democracy and is best forgotten. Yet it lasted so long, from 1949 to 1989, a lengthy period of forty years where the old men in the Normannenstrasse repressed 17 million of their own people to prevent them being exploited by the West German capitalists
What is sinister about the DDR medals is that awards for "Excellence in Border Duty" or "Loyal Service" do not have the same connotation as they would in democratic countries. And the awardees must have felt like they were doing their people and country a service without realising that they were a minor cog in a much bigger wheel.
Miehlke, the head of the notorious Stasi, in his defense stated "Ich liebe doch alle Menschen" - "I love all people", a perfect example of how skewed their worldview had become.
Below my collection:
Treue Dienst - Loyal Service in Bronze, Silver and Gold.
Service Excellence in the NVA (Nationale Volksarmee) - Bronze and Silver. 20 Years in NVA.
Defense of Fatherland in Bronze, Excellent Achievment and Excellent Border Service in Bronze.