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Open-air films at the "Stasi Headquarters. Campus for Democracy"

Rostock 1957. The parents of the writer Peter Wawerzinek and his sister Beate flee to West Germany in 1957, leaving them both alone in their apartment as small children. Peter is placed in the care of two children's homes, and at the age of 11 he is adopted. His sister Beate is judged to be incapable of development and is locked away in the GDR child and youth psychiatric system. Only after 15 years do brother and sister find each other again. A late search for the mother, the childhood begins. Author Peter Wawerzinek and Steffen Sebastian shot the film over eight years based on the novel "Rabenliebe".

Campus Kino in der ehemaligen Stasi-Zentrale
Campus Kino in der ehemaligen Stasi-Zentrale © BStU, Alexander Kenzia

In conversation: Peter Wawerzinek (director), Jens Planer Friedrich (head of the citizens' counseling service at the Berlin Commissioner for Reappraisal)

Supporting program

  • 4 p.m. Children's film program and workshops by the MACHmit! museum
  • 6.00 p.m. Guided tour of the archive "Stasi and Youth
  • 6.30 p.m. Guided tour of the open-air exhibition "Revolution and the Fall of the Wall
  • From 6:30 p.m. Consultation and presentation of research projects on forced adoptions and children in care, offered by the Berlin Commissioner for Reappraisal and the UOKG e. V.
Registration for the tours is required:

The Campus Forum takes place in cooperation with the Robert Havemann Society and the Berlin Commissioner for the Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship.

(Program in German)

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Ehem. Stasi-Zentrale