The eastern German city of Leipzig is known as the “City of Heroes” for its role as home to the protests which led to the demise of the state socialist regime. Explanations for why Leipzigers took to the streets have often focused on a number of factors including political repression, the desire to travel and economic stagnation, but author/academic Andrew Demshuk makes a compelling argument in his book Bowling for Communism that, for many Leipzigers, the slow motion decay was a decisive factor in their decision to rise up.
Demshuk will make his case at an online event presented by the Goethe-Institut Toronto on Thursday, January 28th from 6 – 7 pm EST. I’ll be joining the author to discuss his exciting work and it would be great to have some GDR Objectified readers there too.
For further details on this event and to register, click here.