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Eyewitness History Talk: “The Germanys I Have Known”

ADN, ZB, Junge, 26.6.1953
Berliner bekunden in einer Demonstration ihr Vertrauen zur Regierung
Zentausende Berliner demonstrierten am Nachmittag des 26.6.1953 zum Haus der Ministerien in der Leipziger Strasse und bekundeten damit ihr Vertrauen zur Regierung und zur Sozialistischen Einheitspartei. Es sprach Ministerpräsident Otto Grotewohl.
UBz.: Die Berliner Jugend in der Karl-Marx-Allee [Stalinallee]
On Tuesday 18th June we are extremely pleased to be welcoming to The Circus another eyewitness speaker from the Zeitzeugenbörse (Centre for Witness to Contemporary History). This is part of our monthly series events that we have been running for the past two years, in which we invite speakers to come and join us for a while and tell us their own personal stories about different moments in Berlin and German history.

This month we are delighted to welcome Dr Riemer, who was born in 1931, two years before Hitler came to power. He spent his childhood living in the shadow of Nazism and the Second World War, before graduating high school in Berlin in 1949. Living in the Soviet sector – what would become East Berlin, the capital of socialist GDR, he was forced to work as a commercial artist painting pictures of Lenin and Stalin. Increasingly disillusioned with life in the GDR – and having experienced the events of 17th June uprisings in 1953 – he moved with his young family to West Germany in 1955. There he made a career as a radio and television producer. Dr Riemer will speak of his experiences in the different Germanys he has known, from a childhood in Nazi Germany through living on both sides of the divide, and then in the reunified Germany since 1990.

We are really looking forward to another fascinating evening of personal history in Fabisch, and we hope you will join us. The talk will be in English, is open to all, and is free… although we will be collecting contributions towards our own donation to the ZZB to help them continue in their important work.

Where: Fabisch at The Circus Hotel, Rosenthaler Straße 1 (U8: Rosenthaler Platz)
When: Tue 18th June at 6.45pm

(Photo: Bundesarchiv on Wikimedia Commons)