EVENT: WHY TALK ABOUT THE GDR?
We were invited by The People’s Forum in New York City to discuss the history of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) and its enduring relevance for progressive movements today. In the two-session seminar, we covered the historical context in which the GDR was founded, the character of its planned economy, the functioning of its socialist democracy, and the significance of proletarian internationalism.
EVENT: MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE
What characterizes the socialist approach to health? We will explore experiences from the German Democratic Republic, the Georgian Soviet Republic, and modern-day Belgium to understand how socialist systems of the past and present have defied economic constraints and transformed health care to serve the needs of the people rather than profit.
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”.