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INVITE TO A VISIT AND A THEMATIC LECTURE

Some people with marked experiences from the Cold War period have promised to be available for visits and thematic lectures both in their own and foreign countries. It is a great opportunity to meet people who can offer first-hand impressions of events from the period. The details of these visits can be found in the descriptions.

OVERVIEW. VISITS FROM EYE WITNESSES FROM THE COLD WAR PERIOD

>> ALBINAS KENTRA, LITHUANIA.

Theme of lecture:

The partisan movement (The Forest Brothers), the GULAG camps, the freedom struggles in the 1980-ties and 90-ties. Albinas Kentra can show he’s own video films about the freedom struggles, especially the the bloody January events in 1991 in Vilnius.

>> BURKHARD SEEBERG, GERMANY.

Themes of the lecture:

The East Germany Communist society (DDR). The Stasi (Statssicherheit or State Security). The East German trial justice and prison system.

>> JOACHIM MATTHES, GERMANY.

Themes of the lecture:

“Imprisoned by the STASI in the former GDR (DDR/East Germany)”. I was imprisoned in Potsdam, in the prisons of Bautzen and Berlin-Rummelsburg, because I tried to help fugitives flee to the West.
“The ransom of political prisoners in the GDR”. The Federal Republic of Germany/West Germany paid around 40,000 DM for my release. “Letters from prison”. Correspondence with my mother and family.
“What was the STASI – how did it work?”
“The end of the war – refugee from Crossen/Oder (now Poland) to Hamburg”. My family left for Germany after the Second World War to start a new life. My mother wrote a book about her experiences, A God-led way”.
“Building up the social administration in the former GDR (East Germany) in Magdeburg after 1991, following the reunification of Germany as the Federal Republic of Germany”.

>> LENA SELEN, FINLAND and BERNDT GOTTBERG, FINLAND

Theme of lecture:

The Porkkala Parenthesis (A period with a Soviet base area on 1000 square kilometers of Finnish territory on the Northern shore of the Finnish Gulf). Finnish Cold War history.

>> PETER KEUP, GERMANY.

Theme of lecture: Life in East Germany and Stasi investigations.