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Veranstaltungen in Berlin: 1968 - Berlin-Charlottenburg Zentrum der Revolte
© Bundesstiftung Aufarbeitung , Klaus Mehner

1968 - Berlin-Charlottenburg Centre of Revolt

Sites of the student movement

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Museum Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf in der Villa Oppenheim

Schloßstraße 55 A 14059  Berlin

Traffic pulpit at Joachimsthaler Platz
Open-air exhibition
Video projections daily from 21:30 to 2 o'clock

Snapshot photographs by Klaus Mehner 1967-1970
Photo exhibition at Villa Oppenheim

Fifty years ago, the world was in turmoil: students protested in the USA and Europe against the ruling order, workers called a general strike in Paris, guerrilla movements fought for their goals in the "Third World". In retrospect, the years 1967-69 appear to be the time of a worldwide awakening of the young generation.

A centre of the German student movement was the West Berlin district of Charlottenburg. On Kurfürstendamm, in Charlottenburg clubs and student meeting places, young activists fought and demonstrated against authoritarian structures, old and new Nazis and police arbitrariness. They demanded democratic socialism and educational reforms and tested alternatives to the ideals of the bourgeois small family in local authorities and children's shops.Two events in Charlottenburg shocked the Federal Republic: near the Deutsche Oper, police officer Karl-Heinz Kurras shot the student Benno Ohnesorg during a demonstration in June 1967, and a neo-Nazi assassinated Rudi Dutschke, the spokesman of the German student movement, on Kurfürstendamm in April 1968. After that, the "1968 movement" visibly fragmented. Some radicalized themselves up to the emergence of the terrorist Red Army faction. Others rejected violence and were committed to women's rights, environmental issues and the peace movement.Ten scenes of the student revolt in Charlottenburg are presented in German and English at six advertising pillars on Joachimsthaler Platz at the Kurfürstendamm underground entrance. Large-format photographs, texts and a nocturnal video projection provide an insight into what was happening in the district at that time. At the same time, the monographic show at Villa Oppenheim presents more than 30 photographs by photographer Klaus Mehner, a remarkable testimony to that period. Kindly supported by the Federal Foundation for the Reconciliation of the SED Dictatorship.

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