On November, 9th, Twenty-One years ago, the German Wall separating West-Berlin with the Socialist German Democratic Republic fell. The Fall of the Wall was probably one of the historically most significant signs of the crumbling of USSR, and together with Professor Richard Berry, Director of the Department for Central and East European Studies at the University of Glasgow we explore the historical context that this event took place in.
We start our show with the historic clip of Günter Schabowski's misguided statement on the new visa policies, that lead to the opening of the East/West-German borders immediately on the same evening. Were the ill-informed statements of Schabowski an accident, a fluke of history? Rather not so. Hence, we discuss the economic situation, opposition movements, youth groups, the Gorbachev Factor and what it meant to live in East Germany and its fellow socialist countries.
In line with the theme, the musical aspect of the show is of historically significant songs.17:00 - 18:00