NOVEMBER 1918: THE UNFINISHED REVOLUTION

On 9 Novem­ber 1918, the German Empire was topp­led after mass upri­sings brought the monar­chy and First World War to an end. The achie­ve­ments and limi­ta­ti­ons of the Novem­ber Revo­lu­tion greatly shaped the deve­lo­p­ment of the German state in the fate­ful deca­des of the 1920s and 1930s. Analy­sing the histo­ri­cal lessons of the Novem­ber Revo­lu­tion has also been a crucial point of conten­tion within the German workers’ move­ment, for it raises the ques­tion of the working class’s rela­tion to state power. 

EVENT: THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM OF THE GDR (IN GERMAN)

Toge­ther with the social physi­cian Dr. Hein­rich Niemann and the former head of a poly­cli­nic in Berlin Marzahn, Dr. Wolf­gang Dübel, as well as the doctor Dr. Anita Rausch, who is active in medi­cal trai­ning and further educa­tion, we discus­sed the health care system of the GDR and what signi­fi­cance the expe­ri­en­ces made here can play for current poli­ti­cal deba­tes. We looked at the health policy orien­ta­ti­ons of the GDR and how they were reali­sed in prac­tice, along­side the contra­dic­tions and deba­tes that arose in the process.

RISEN FROM THE RUINS LAUNCH EVENT

Toge­ther with the Marx Memo­rial Library in London and our part­ner Tricon­ti­nen­tal: Insti­tute for Social Rese­arch, we invi­ted to a discus­sion evening on the first edition of “Studies on the DDR”.

“The Voice of the People” — ON THE DEATH OF MIKIS THEODORAKIS

Anläss­lich des Todes von Mikis Theo­do­ra­kis am 2. Septem­ber 2021 befragte die IF DDR Hart­mut König, ehema­li­ger FDJ-Sekre­tär für inter­na­tio­nale Arbeit und Kultur und bekann­ter Lieder­ma­cher, über seine Erin­ne­run­gen an Mikis und dessen Einfluss auf die Singe­be­we­gung in der DDR.