Dr. Anandita Bajpai 4 October 2023 Download as PDF Introduction Radio was a prominent tool of the ‘Cultural Cold War’ for reaching out to people in ‘far away’ spaces, communicating worldviews that prescribed to Cold War-divides, and in forging ideological affinities and animosities alike. Several foreign broadcasting stations based in Europe, USA, and the Soviet Union were … Read more
A Chilean emigrant and a former GDR citizen recount the victory of Salvador Allende and the Unidad Popular in Chile, the 1973 coup d’état, and the escape from Chile to the GDR. 25 September 2023 Español The film poster for “I was, I am, I shall be” by the DDR-filmmakers Heynowski & Scheumann (1974) Introduction 53 years … Read more
As part of our research into the Medical College, we conducted an interview with former German teacher Ulrich Kolbe in July 2021. In this first part, he describes the GDR’s anti-imperialist strategy in general and discusses the development of the political consciousness of GDR citizens.
Ronnie Kasrils, born 1938 in Johannesburg, joined the South African Communist Party at the age of 23. He was a founding member of the uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK), the paramilitary wing of the African National Congress (ANC). After receiving military and intelligence training in the Soviet Union and the GDR, Kasrils helped to establish a sophisticated underground network of anti-apartheid fighters from the mid-1960s onwards. Following the victory over apartheid, Kasrils served as Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry (1999–2004) and Minister of Intelligence Services (2004–2008) in the ANC governments.
Achim Reichardt, born in 1929, had served as a diplomat for the GDR in Sudan, Lebanon, and Libya. From 1982 to 1990 he was general secretary of the Solidarity Committee of the GDR, an organization emerging in the 1960s to administer the financial and material donations collected by the GDR’s mass organizations to support the liberation movements and newly independent states in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The Solidarity Committee became a central coordinator of the GDR’s solidarity worldwide.