sat16sep12:00 pmsat1:00 pmEast Germany from the Berlin Blockade to the Fall of CommunismKatja Hoyer


September 16, 2023 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm(GMT+01:00)

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When the Iron Curtain fell in 1990, East Germany simply disappeared. For over 40 years, the GDR presented a radically different German identity to anything that has come before. Socialist solidarity, the Stasi, central planning, barbed wire: this was a Germany forged on the fault lines of ideology. From the building of the Berlin Wall in 1961 to its destruction in 1989, bestselling historian Katja Hoyer argues that amid oppression and hardship, East Germany was yet home to a rich political, social and cultural landscape, a place far more dynamic than the Cold War caricature of the West. In a compelling talk she explores the unique life and society that developed beyond the Wall.

‘Profoundly insightful, it explodes many of the lazy Western cliches about East Germany.’ (Andrew Roberts)

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