Nov 19

On the Other Side of the Wall: What was Life really like in Communist East Germany?

30 Years Fall of the Berlin Wall

On the Other Side of the Wall: What was Life really like in Communist East Germany?

As we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, join us on Tuesday, November 19 from 5:00-7:00pm and listen to the interesting story of one young German during this time of change.

Mareile Koschitzke (now Watson) had just started college in Rostock, East Germany, in September 1989 when the Wall unexpectedly came down on November 9, 1989. Mareile had spent her first 18 years in a small town near Magdeburg together with her parents and her older brother, who was forced to serve as a border patrol soldier from 1987 to 1989. Being oppressed by the Communist party, her childhood was very different from that of her peers on the other side of the fence in West Germany. How did Mareile's life in East Germany shape her and how did she experience the fall of the wall and its aftermath?

Agenda:

  • 5:00 PM Registration & Welcome
  • 5:15 PM Presentation and Q&A
  • 6:15 PM Networking & Light Refreshments
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