Anette Isaacs—let’s talk about Germany! www.anetteisaacs.com
Let yourself and your audiences be enlightened, educated, and enchanted by my fascinating and thought-provoking presentations! Here is a selection of programs that will be relevant and timely in 2014. Please visit www.anetteisaacs.com for a list of all available programs.
Programs pertaining to the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall (1989-2014):
The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall
It has been 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, that insurmountable icon of the Cold War. With its rise on August 13th 1961, the course of Germany’s and especially of Berlin’s history took a tragic turn. It would take 28 years, until the 9th of November 1989, to tear down this cruel and inhuman symbol of Germany´s division, thus giving birth to yet another period in this European nation’s evolution. Join German historian Anette Isaacs, M.A. as she presents you with a historical and political overview of this very painful but also almost miraculous period in Berlin’s captivating history.
Everyday Life in East Germany: a look across the border
Since the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago, Historians have dedicated themselves mostly to East Germany’s political system and its oppressive instruments such as the secret police STASI. But although East Germany was a totalitarian state, there were still 16 Million people who were living a more or less normal life. Join German Historian Anette Isaacs for a compelling exploration of daily life in East Germany, its food and culture, education, consumerism (or the lack thereof!) and everyday items that were giving the GDR its identity and made it so different from its big capitalist sister, the Federal Republic (West Germany).
JFK, Reagan, and Obama: American Presidents in Berlin
This year’s 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall presents us with the perfect opportunity to look back at the history making visits of American presidents to this German metropolis that, for almost 45 years, was synonymous with the Cold War in Europe. Join German Historian Anette Isaacs as she relates the intriguing background stories of why President Kennedy emphatically proclaimed that he was a Berliner and what inspired President Reagan to encourage the Soviets to “tear down that Wall”! (Please note: this program will be available from early fall of 2014)
Operation Freedom – The Berlin Airlift: 65th Anniversary Lecture! (1949-2013)
It was perhaps one of the greatest adventures in American military history: the Berlin airlift of 1948/49! When Soviet troops closed all access routes to West- Berlin by land, sea, and rail, thus threatening the lives of 2.5 million people and provoking the first major international crisis of the Cold War. American General Lucius D. Clay did not hesitate, and proceeded to build a bold and fantastic bridge across the sky, involving 700 planes and 250 000 flights over a period of 14 months! Join German Historian Anette Isaacs for a fascinating discussion of this exciting time in her country’s postwar history.
Programs relating to the 75th anniversary of the beginning of World War II (1939-2014):
Between Normality and Terror: Everyday Life in Nazi Germany
Seventy-five years after the beginning of World War II, most of today’s research on Nazi Germany is focused on its system of terror that ultimately led to the death and destruction of millions of people. While we will discuss the role of governmental surveillance and brutality, we want to first and foremost explore what daily life was like for ordinary citizens in 1930s Germany. By looking at various societal paradigms, such as education, employment, and cultural expression, we will gain insights into how the German people were oscillating between normality and terror and how the Nazis were able to turn Germany into a brutal and horrific dictatorship.
The Women of the Third Reich