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Der gläserne Sarg
Erinnerungen an 1968 und die deutsche „Kulturrevolution“
Willi Jasper
Roter Salon

In German

Alan Posener in conversation with the author

What we refer to as ‘1968’ was an essential cultural revolution that began on the 2nd of June 1967 with the shooting of Benno Ohnesorgs, at the latest, and only ended in the late seventies with the dissolution of the K-groups and the foundation of the Green party. In his very personal account, Willi Jasper, an official of the Maoist KPD/AO, and protagonist of the movement for ten years, looks back on a time of social change in which Paul Celan’s writing and Theodor W. Adorno united with Proletcult and working-class romanticism, and happenings and militancy merged into unrest in the factories and dwindling participation in federal elections. Whilst a trip to China in 1977 led to great disillusionment, the great hopes of the time – contrary to the self-assurance of the veterans of 68 – still have not come to pass. And so, contemporary questions are not only posed to the past, but questions of the past are posed to the future.

Willi Jasper, born 1945 in Lavelsloh/Niedersachsen, works as a publicist and cultural scientist in Berlin. He was professor for German-Jewish Literature at the University of Potsdam until 2010. He published several pieces on literature and cultural history, including biographies about Ludwig Börne and Heinrich Mann.


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