25 Years After the Fall of the Wall Event

From 3 to 6 November 2014, CESS organised an event to commemorate the Fall of the Berlin Wall. This year marked the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Wall which means that the new generation of students has not experienced this period in history. This makes it especially important to reflect on it and establish a connection to today’s security issues. In order to paint a clearer picture of the Cold War and its aftermath, we aimed at including persons who have played an active role during that period.

This multi-day-event, which was generously funded by the Dutch Vfonds (Nationaal Fonds voor Vrede, Vrijheid en Veteranenzorg), successfully linked today’s security perceptions to the past, and drew the attention of a wider audience than students. The event was generously funded by the Dutch Vfonds (Nationaal Fonds voor Vrede, Vrijheid en Veteranenzorg).

The activities were officially opened with lectures given by former Dutch Defence Minister Dr. Willem van Eekelen and former GDR leader Egon Krenz. This last lecture gave an insight in the past and provided contrasting reflections on it. A Military Masterclass with Cold War veterans from all three branches of the Royal Dutch Military provided comparisons of the military in the periods during and after the Cold War. Both the Dutch and European situations were taken into consideration. An ‘On Tour Session’ with Geert Mak and former BVD officer Frits Hoekstra provided the interesting comparison of what the Cold War meant to persons who were in charge of security issues, and the general public. A Panel Discussion gave insights into the security, military and political aspects of the transformation process, which provided a link among the different sections of the programme. Three film nights with introductory lectures on their topic demonstrated three different realities of the Cold War. The photo exhibition by photographer Peter Ruiter, which was officially opened during the week and shows the remains of the Cold War in the Northern Dutch landscape, will still be on display in the University Library until January 11.

More information about the activities can be found on the website and the facebook page. More information about Vfonds can be found on the website. Watch the video about Vfonds here: Vfonds Film.

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