WHEN THE WALL CAME DOWN: JEWISH IDENTITIES IN THE GDR
November 12, 2019 - New York City
“More democracy was the leading idea. We didn’t expect the GDR to end, and a ‘united German fatherland’ was not our issue. We had founded a Jewish Group in 1985, which argued, among other issues, for Jewish and socialist identities. Wir-für-uns (we for us)—Jews for Jews. It was a great time! After the wall had come down, we established the Jewish Cultural Association (Jüdischer Kulturverein / JKV) in December 1989 and, in February 1990, we demanded that the GDR government granted Soviet Jews immigration to the GDR. Without results. The powerless government was now controlled by the Central Round Table and elections in March 1990 changed everything. The new government opened the border for Soviet Jewish immigration in May and (East-)Berlin became a place for Jews again.”
Irene Runge (*1942, New York), co-founder of the Jewish Cultural Association, will talk about political changes and Jewish identities in the East Berlin of 1989.
Tuesday, November 12, at 6:00 pm
Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—NYC Office
275 Madison Avenue, Suite 2114
New York, NY 10016
Doors open at 5:30 pm. A light dinner will be served. The admission is free, please RSVP here.
Talking About Democratic Socialism 30 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall.
Fall 1989 was a moment of radical transformation for the former German Democratic Republic (GDR). Already many GDR citizens had migrated to West Germany to escape state repression. On November 4, almost half a million other GDR citizens gathered at Alexanderplatz in Berlin for a peaceful protest, calling for the democratization of the socialistic state. Organized by......
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