In 1989, East German theaters called for political reforms in a movement of joint resolve that began with the sentence: "We are stepping out of our role". In the fall of 1990, the Temirtau German Theater gave guest performances of the plays AUF DEN WOGEN DER JAHRHUNDERTE and MENSCHEN UND SCHICKSALE in what was still the GDR. With these dramas, the effects of the Stalinist reign of terror on the German minority were publicly addressed for the first time, which came close to breaking an unheard-of taboo in the system of the time. According to the ideas of the cultural authorities, the minority theater was originally intended to bring the Soviet Germans into line with the ideological course of the party. Together with their East German colleagues, the Russian-German actors experienced reunification first hand, full of hope and euphoria. But only five years later, following their audience, the last theater makers left their homeland to settle permanently as emigrants in the newly united Germany.