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Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in All Episodes, Germany, Radio Corax |

The three great L’s of Eisleben

The three great L’s of Eisleben

Martin Luther on the marketplace of Eisleben

The Mansfelder Land is well known for copper mining, the hilly landscape and the reformer Martin Luther. Actually, the city Eisleben has the reformer in its official titel “Lutherstadt Eisleben”. A well known adage in Eisleben are the “three great L’s of Eisleben”. Martin Luther is one of them. The second L of Eisleben is almost forgotten. Until 1991 there was a lenin monument on a place called “Plan” in Eisleben. After the change in Eastern Germany, the momument was removed an transported to the natinoal historic museum in Berlin. This lenin momument has a special history. It was not just the first lenin monument in germany, there also excists a myth about its rescue and installation. This myth is still alive in the memories of the older people of Eisleben. Not just a memory, but still existing is the other and third L of Eisleben. The familiy of the well known horse butcher Lüttich.

Radio Corax went on a field trip to Eisleben to ask about the “three great L’s of Eisleben” and to research its background strories.

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Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in All Episodes, Germany, Radio Corax |

Mansfelder Land – red or dead land?

Mansfelder Land – red or dead land?

3 Herren in Hettstedt

The Mansfelder Land is a region in saxony anhalt. Until the 90s, the region was economically wealthy because of copper mining. After the change in Eastern Germany, all mines were closed. Many people lost their job and their future. Because of the bad and depressiong economical situation, most young people left the region. Now, more than 20 years later, the small villages appear to be empty. Their is no working infrastructure left. The Mansfelder Land went from a rich to a poor and dead land. Just the landscape with all the huge heaps bespeaks the wealthy history of copper mining in the Mansfelder Land.

3 Herren in Hergisdorf

Radio Corax went out to a field trip by bike to explore the reasons for the deterioration of the region after the change.

 

steam enginge, Mansfeld Museum

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Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in All Episodes, Germany, Radio Corax |

Wendefokus – Rüdiger Fikentscher

Wendefokus – Rüdiger Fikentscher

A long time history project of Radio Corax was and is the so called “Wendefokus”. This is a radio talk serial dealing with oral history. The idea behind it is to talk to people reflecting on the time of the change in Eastern Germany 1989/90, talking about their individual experiences, memories and estimations and conclusions. In this episode we interviewed Rüdiger Fikentscher. He studied medicine and worked in Halle as an assistant medical director. In the end of 1989 he got involved with the new founded SDP. He got a member of the Volkskammer of the GDR. Between 1994 and 2002 Fikentscher was chairmen of the SPD party in the parlament of saxony anhalt. He defines the change of Eastern Germany in 1989 as an “Herbstrevolution”, the fall of revolution

We had a longer talk to him about the changing time in Eastern Germany in 1989/90.

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Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in All Episodes, Germany, Radio Corax |

Wendefokus – Eva Maria Scherf

Wendefokus – Eva Maria Scherf

A long time history project of Radio Corax was and is the so called “Wendefokus”. This is a radio talk serial dealing with oral history. The idea behind it is to talk to people reflecting on the time of the change in Eastern Germany 1989/90, talking about their individual experiences, memories and estimations and conclusions. In this episode we interviewed Eva Maria Scherf. Today, she publishes books about local history. But in 1989, she was part of the restistance movement in Halle. In this time, she moderated different assemblies and discussions between the state party SED and the opposition of the citizens. Before, she has worked at the university Halle. There she has founded a film club, in which mostly “problematic” sowjet movies were played. The change in East Germany she would describe as an “annexiation, not a revolution”. Just for the time of fall 1989 she uses the word “peaceful revolution” with an “open ending”.

We had a longer talk to her about the changing time in Eastern Germany in 1989/90.

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Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in All Episodes, Germany, Radio Corax |

Wendefokus – Ulli Hamers

Wendefokus – Ulli Hamers

A long time history project of Radio Corax was and is the so called “Wendefokus”. This is a radio talk serial dealing with oral history. The idea behind it is to talk to people reflecting on the time of the change in Eastern Germany 1989/90, talking about their individual experiences, memories and estimations and conclusions. In this episode we spoke to the artist Ulli Hamers. She grew up in Gotha and was the only girl in her class, who had no apprenticeship. After she was trained to be a goldsmith, she founded a centrale for house occupations in Halle. Interested people could get some tips there, how they could move into empty houses. The time of 1989/90 she would not describe as a “Revolution”, but as an “Occupation”.

We spoke to Ulli Hamers about their rememberance and reflections of the changing time in Eastern Germany.

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Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in All Episodes, Germany, Radio Flora |

Reading of extracts of a young girl’s diary between 1914 and 1918.

Reading of extracts of a young girl’s diary between 1914 and 1918.

Reading of extracts of a young girl’s diary between 1914 and 1918. She was 12 years old, when the First Worldwar started and 16 years at the end of the war

Apart from the extracts of the diary we included parts of war-songs and other musical impressions from those times. The text is an example of the development from enthusiastic patriotism and support of german warfare towards a position of convinced pacifism and objection to war.  We have to make the note that the reading maintains expressions which are inconsistent with the political correct linguistic level of these days.  The reading ends with the anti-war-song “Der Graben”. Lyrics: Kurt Tucholsky. Song: Ernst Busch.                                Source: Jo Mihaly:

”Da gibt’s ein Wiedersehn! Kriegstagebuch eines Mädchens 1914 – 1918” . (…once we will meet again. Diary of war of a young girl 1914-1918.)

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