13th January 2014 at 7 p.m.
Goethe-Institut Cyprus in Nicosia
Language: German with English subtitles
An event organized by the Goethe-Institut Cyprus, the
Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation and the Cyprus-German-Culture-Association on the
occasion of Willy Brandt’s 100th birthday anniversary
He was considered “the other German” in a double meaning: no other German
politician was as respected in other countries like him, yet he had many
adversaries in East and West Germany as well. Adenauer once called him ”the
chap without a fatherland” and tried to defame him as “Willy Brandt alias
Herbert Frahm”. But Willy Brandt was also “the measurement for dignity in a
country, where dignity was unknown until now”, as the New York Times wrote.
Willy Brandt – from 1957-1966 mayor of West Berlin and from 1966 – 1969 German
Foreign Minister- was also West Germany’s fourth Federal Chancellor from
1969-1974. From 1964-1987 he was head of the German Social Democratic Party
(SPD) and from 1976-1992 President of the Socialist International. For his new
approach towards the eastern neighbors (Neue Ostpolitik), which aimed at
detente with Eastern Germany, Poland and the Soviet Union, he was awarded the
Nobel Peace Prize in 1971. But his critics in Germany continued to blame him.
Willy Brandt fought against two totalitarian systems, Fascism and Stalinism and
developed from a socialist to a social democrat. This development started in
his exile in Norway and Sweden during the Second World War and continued after
his return to Germany 1945 in Berlin. He became Berlin’s mayor during the peak
of the Cold War. As chancellor he worked for reconciliation with the East, in
order to overcome the division of Germany and Europe. His policy of “change
through rapprochement” made reunification of Germany possible.
For a whole generation of young Germans Willy Brandt
became a torchbearer of hope, who aimed at more democracy. Willy Brandt was no
cynic of power, but a statesman with moral virtues. His charisma is still
unreached, although he was a hero with some weaknesses.
18th December 2013 was Willy Brandt’s one hundred’s birthday anniversary.
For that occasion we will present the new documentary film “Remembering Willy
Brandt” (2013) by Andre Schäfer (90 min.: German with English subtitles)
It’s a film about the west German republic from the early fifties till the end
of the last millennium. A journey through German society and the changes, which
nobody embodied more than Willy Brandt.
In 1982, Willy Brandt visited Cyprus and spoke at an event of the then young
With welcoming words by the president of the Cyprus-German Culture Association,
Dr. Andreas Spyridakis and the former Permanent Secretary of the Cyprus
Ministry of Justice, Dr. Petros Kareklas followed by an introduction by Prof.
Hubert Faustmann (director of Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation office in Cyprus). A
small reception will follow.