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On June 2nd, 1967 the student Benno Ohnesorg was shot by the policeman Karl-Heinz Kurras during the protests against the Shah of Persia. This event changed the then still young Federal Republic of Germany permanently: the student protests against exploitation and oppression in the countries of the so-called Third World and the demand for radical democratization in their own country became more violent and radical.

This shook society and politics, which was also felt in the churches. Demands for an analysis of the National Socialist past came to the fore, social conventions were critically questioned, and the peace and women's movements gained momentum.

The radicalization of the protest movement led on the one hand to the terror of the Red Army Faction - RAF - and on the other hand to the founding of the party DIE GRÜNEN.

How did this student movement come about? What was the social mood like in the 1960s? How did politics react in dealing with the past? How did the churches view the goals and means of the student movement and the 1968ers? What parallels were there with similar protest movements in other countries? What does this development mean for us today?

During the political city walk, answers to these questions are sought at original locations in Charlottenburg.

  • City guide: Jochen Schäfer
  • Meeting point: at the entrance to the Deutsche Oper, Bismarckstraße 35, 10627 Berlin
  • For city hikers
  • Cost: €12
  • Aimed at: Adults
  • Program in German
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