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.