Walking Tour: 1968 in West Berlin

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  • 15/10/2023
    14:00 - 16:30

As the year 1968 began, young people in West Berlin went wild. They began demonstrating against the imperialist war in Vietnam, against authoritarian structures at the universities, and against a “Federal Republic” run by former Nazis.

All of West Berlin society opposed these “long-haired hooligans.” But this only radicalized them further. Before long, some sections of the movement were throwing Molotov cocktails and building bombs, while others began a “long march through the institutions.”

1968 changed Berlin, Germany, and the world. On our tour, we are going to talk about:

  • the International Vietnam Congress at the Technical University
  • the second-wave women’s liberation movement in West Germany
  • student rebels joining the armed underground
  • the visit by the Shah of Iran that ended with an assassination

Our tour will be meeting in Charlottenburg, in front of the Amerika-Haus, Hardenbergstraße 22-24, next to Bhf Zoologischer Garten. We will meet at 14:00 and leave by 14:10. We will not be using public transportation — the tour is entirely outside. The tour will end two hours later near U-Bhf Deutsche Oper.

Suggested donation is 10 euros per person, but any contribution is appreciated and none is required. You will be able to pick up a signed copy of the new book Revolutionary Berlin.

People who register will be sent up-to-date information on the day before the tour.