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Discussion with film clips: About the roots of the extreme right in the GDR

In 1987, a group of neo-Nazis attacked the visitors of a rock concert in the Zion Church. Young activists from the environmental library there investigated the matter and interviewed those involved.

Museum Pankow, Prenzlauer Allee, Hof und Ausstellungshalle
Museum Pankow, Prenzlauer Allee, Hof und Ausstellungshalle © visitBerlin, Foto: Hannes Wiedemann

Although the GDR presented itself as an anti-fascist state, the right-wingers filmed in East Berlin were not isolated cases. The footage makes it clear that neo-Nazis and right-wing extremists in the territory of the former GDR did not suddenly fall from the sky after the fall of the Wall. Some of the footage is unpublished from that time and from the so-called "baseball bat years" after the fall of the Wall.

In conversation with the audience, the question will be explored as to what was part of the specific roots of this radicalization, and how far its shadow still reaches today.

  • Program in German
  • Moderation: Peter Wensierski
  • Guests: Christin Jänicke, social scientist and Ingo Klier

One hour before the event begins, the museum invites you to an interactive tour of the exhibition Klaus Mehner: Parallelwelten Ost-West. Photographs from Berlin 1964-1990.

An event organized by the Berliner Geschichtsverein Nord-Ost e.V. in cooperation with the Museum Pankow and curator Peter Wensierski. Sponsored by the Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship.Translated with DeepL
Additional information
Meeting point: Assembly hall, 3rd floor in the main building

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Museum Pankow, Prenzlauer Allee