During our event yesterday evening the focus was set not so much on a book, but rather on a question: Did the different hopes and expectations of 1989 come true? This interesting question was asked by author and journalist Burga Kalinowski and directed to popular people as well as unknown personalities, who nonetheless have one thing in common: They used to live in the GDR and were confronted with heavy changes of their everyday lives in 1989.
Basis for the book are numerous interviews which Burga Kalinowski took with Jutta Wachowiak (actress), Ronald Paris (painter), Rainer Kirsch (author), Hans-Eckardt Wenzel (musician), Peter Bause (actor), Peter-Michael Diestel (attorney), Manfred Stolpe, Wilibald Nebel (Kalikumpel Bischofferode), Alicia Garate (Chilean emigrant), Daniel Rapoport (scientist), Gisela Öchelhäuser (cabaret artist) and Matthias Brenner (. Yesterday, the latter two were on stage along with the author and our academic director Stefan Wolle and talked about their very own experiences in the GDR and the changes of 1989.
It did not last long until the audience wanted to contribute to the conversation, therefore a lively discussion began quite quickly. Some contributions were quite emotional, the topic was touching to many. The jacket text describes the book as “a book for an argument about history and the present” - the discussion yesterday evening went accordingly!
You can buy the book for 19,99€ on the homepage of the publishing company “Verlag Neues Leben”.