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1968

1968 is a year of reforms and changes as well as violence and political muscle-flexing. Encouraged by the so-called Prague Spring, East German citizens hope for more democracy and less restrictions. However, as early as in the summer, the reform movement is violently put down and all hopes for change are thwarted.

Students are mobilising across West Germany, but the rebellious youngsters meet with incomprehension. The conservative tabloid “Bild” stirs up hatred against their particularly polarising leader, the student Rudi Dutschke. On 11 April, a labourer fires three bullets at Dutschke. The country is shocked by the assassination attempt.

What else happened?

Oswalt Kolle’s sex education film  “Das Wunder der Liebe” (“The Miracle of Love“) hits the headlines, drawing millions of Germans to the cinemas.

The student Beate Klarsfeld slaps Chancellor Georg Kiesinger in the face, expressing her protest against West German dignitaries with a Nazi past.

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