The new work outfit is already waiting: distinguish yourself or others with this cotton T-shirt with a historical motif. There was no shortage of heroes in the GDR. They were on the production front and won the harvest battle every year. There was a lot of medal plate and even more tinny sayings for them. Since 1950, on 7 October, the birthday of the Republic, the honorary title »Held der Arbeit« (Hero of Labour) was awarded, together with a bonus of 10,000 marks. Both labourers and collectives from the factories as well as high state functionaries were awarded this honour. The last award ceremony took place on 5 October 1989. A few weeks later, the gold-plated tin stars were lying in the rummage boxes of the street vendors.