Anyone who opens this book will come across a treasure: for years, the photographic estate of the former Neubrandenburg teacher Hansjoachim Popplow (1923-1999) lay dormant in the archive. With a picture book from the Nordkurier publishing house "mecklenbook" about the years of awakening in Neubrandenburg, a selection of his black-and-white and colour pictures is being published for the first time. As a chronicler of the 1950s and 1960s, Popplow proves to be a precise observer of everyday life and work, who developed his own visual language far removed from the heroisation of "socialist reconstruction". "For me, who only got to know Neubrandenburg more intensively in the mid-1990s, it was exciting to trace the city's contradictory paths after 1945," writes Nordkurier editor and co-author Frank Wilhelm in his foreword.