First show explores the phenomenon of Neo-nacism (which also appeared in Slovenia in the 90’s) in two different contexts, in Austria and in Slovenia. Broadcast was namely partially based on a bilateral visit of Radio Študent`s team at Radio Fabrik in Salzburg and diverse interviews with connoisseurs of the topic in local, national and international context.
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.
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.
Radio Corax went out to a field trip by bike to explore the reasons for the deterioration of the region after the change.
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.
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.
Bilateral visit to Radio Oloron.