Reliving the end of the Cold War
On 18th November, the Christ University main auditorium was transported to the era of the cold war. About 1000 students watched intently a chilling documentary about the incidents that led to the Fall of the Berlin Wall. They were joined by three eyewitnesses that had lived those moments of history.
Mr Eric Lavertu, the Consul General of France in Bangalore was living in Berlin at that time. He said that nobody expected the Berlin Wall to fall at all. According to him, “you could feel the fear of the people in East Germany, in particular, the fear of the State Security in East Germany”. He showed pictures that he had taken himself during the years 1989/90 in Berlin of massive protests on the street before and the euphoria after the fall of the wall.
Mr Simon Brier the Deputy head of mission of United Kingdom in Bangalore was 21 as he was posted in the British Embassy in Prague. He talked about his experiences as a British diplomat working in a communist regime where the communist government would constantly keep a tab on his activities and in certain cases he was being followed by secret police and his phones were tapped.
Mr Jörn Rohde, the Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany said that the film made him recall his childhood memories where his family was torn apart by the division of Germany.