Once again we are really pleased to be welcoming another eyewitness speaker to the Circus, as part of our ongoing series of history talks in cooperation with the ZZB – The Centre for Witness to Contemporary History. The talk is taking place at The Circus Hotel on Tuesday 29th April, and as always it is completely free, takes place in English, and everyone is welcome.
Our speaker this month is Dr Harald Jancke. At the age of six years old, Dr Jancke and his family were taken from Germany at the end of the Second World War to the Soviet Union to a small town 120km north of Moscow. His father – a physicist – was one of thousands of specialists spirited away by the Soviet regime to “help” develop the weaponry that would be central to the Cold War struggle. Dr Jancke’s father was one of over 500, who were taken to the Soviet Union to help develop different aircraft for the Soviet air force. In 1952 the family returned to Germany, to live in East Berlin. Dr Jancke will talk about the personal, social and political aspects of his childhood years in the Soviet Union, and it promises to be a truly fascinating talk.
Taken East: A childhood in the Soviet Union, 1946-52
Speaker: Dr Harald Jancke
Date: Tuesday 29th April 2014
Venue: Fabisch at the Circus Hotel, Rosenthaler Platz 1, Berlin-Mitte
Please note: the event is of course free to attend, and as part of our cooperation with the ZZB we make a donation to help fund their very important work. If you would like to contribute to our donation, you can do so on the evening.