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10 January 2020

From ‘Peaceful Revolution’ to German Reunification – How our Memory has changed in the last 30 Years

Dr. Andreas Kötzing

Friday, January 10, 2020
2:30pm – 4:00pm
Rm 4.34, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

The lecture describes the change in the culture of remembrance in Germany using the example of the "Peaceful Revolution". Based on the events of 1989/90, it is shown that today - 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall - in Germany reunification is viewed more skeptically than 5 or 10 years ago. What are the reasons for this change? The economic developments of the 1990s and a rather one-sided memory of the GDR play just as much a role as the rise of a new, right-wing populist party, the so-called "Alternative for Germany".

Dr. Andreas Kötzing is a research fellow at the Hannah Arendt Institute for Totalitarianism Studies (Dresden) and lecturer for German History at the University of Leipzig. He studied history and cultural studies and was a trainee at the Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bonn). His research focuses on German-German post-war history and cultural and media history in the Cold War. He works as a freelance film journalist for various radio stations and newspapers.

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