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
Over 50 years ago, Chile broke free from imperialist dominance and plunder. Germany too has a long history of exploiting Chile, but this tradition was broken by the GDR’s extensive support for the sovereignty of the Chilean people. The 1973 coup against Allende made these two opposing historical tendencies clear.
From 1960 to 1968, the Republic of Mali was at the forefront of social revolution in Africa. The country’s governing party, the Union Soudanaise, had refused to settle for formal political sovereignty and declared in 1960 that the republic would opt for “l’option socialiste” to secure economic independence from imperialism and social liberation for the Malian people. This brief episode of revolutionary upheaval in Mali offers insights into several central aspects of anti-imperialism in the 20th century.
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.