Berlin is a city of stories, a place where it sometimes feels like there is a memorial on every corner where history permeates every length of pavement and every building older than a handful of years. The city is packed with museums that help us imagine the unimaginable. Then there are the monuments and memorials that stimulate reflection, as well as the piles of books in the windows of bookstores that take us back in order to explain those momentous events that shaped not only Berlin but the modern world. But the process of encasing history in buildings, marble or the pages of a book can put a distance between us and the events, and sometimes it takes a conversation, the hearing of personal testimony, to really bring history to life.
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 Wednesday 12th February, and as always it is completely free, takes place in English, and everyone is welcome.
Our speaker this month is Frau Gericke who was born in Berlin in 1925, and grew up through the Weimar period, the Nazi’s rise to power, and the Second World War. In 1945 her family’s home was confiscated to be used as Winston Churchill’s residence during the Potsdam conference, and was only returned to the family after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1990.
Eyewitness History Talk: Growing Up in Germany 1925-50
Speaker: Frau Gericke
Date: Wednesday 12th February 2014
Venue: Fabisch at the Circus Hotel, Rosenthaler Platz 1, Berlin-Mitte
Image: Heike Vogt – via Wikimedia