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Eyewitness History Talk: Cold War Berlin – The Division of a City

circus-talks-button-300x300Next Tuesday we have the latest in our series of eyewitness history talks in association with the ZZB (Centre for Witness to Contemporary History). For our March event, we will be looking at the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, and how the city came to be divided on either side of the Berlin Wall.

A visitor to Berlin in the 1980s would have arrived to a well-divided city. Not only would it have been hard to imagine the concrete and barbed wire ever coming down, but also how it came to be there in the first place – it appeared to be such a permanent part of the Berlin landscape. We are really excited that Mr Herbert Töpfer, Berlin resident since 1935 will join us in the Circus to discuss his experiences of how Berlin came to be divided, from the occupation of the city at the end of the Second World War, via the blockade and the airlift, the increasing Cold War tensions, the building of the Berlin Wall and John F. Kennedy’s speech in Schöneberg.

It promises to be another fascinating eyewitness history talk at The Circus, and we hope you can join us. Entry is as always free, the talk will be in English, and Mr Töpfer will be available afterwards to answer any questions you might have. See you there.


Eyewitness History Talk – Cold War Berlin: The Division of a City
Tuesday 27th March 2012
Fabisch at The Circus Hotel
Rosenthaler Str. 1
Begins: 6.45pm