“I wanted to understand where I came from and what made me who I am. Actually, I was inspired by Thomas Mellon, a 19th century Irish emigrant to the US who wrote: ‘If you would know yourself, begin with the study of your forefathers.’”
Behind the cosy façade of my FRG-passport lies concealed a bubbling volcano of emotion. I am tired of being complimented for Willy Brandt’s Ostpolitik. I am tired of being asked how I feel about winning the World Cup four times. And I am tired of hearing the words Stasi and Plattenbau.
What if I told you the abandoned building you pass by everyday was once revolutionary and palace-like inside?
Thinking of Leipzig I thought of learned middle-aged men, feverishly working printers and book publishers, and a gallant beau monde. Times seemed to have changed and I should have known.
“Mighty columns, giant statues, massive walls, and everything covered with the finest hieroglyphs and reliefs. I was, of course, deeply impressed, and so was Pückler-Muskau, so much so that he left a deep impression on the building, literally…”
By Marjon Borsboom October 8th ► TEDxHHL – the first TEDx in Leipzig Event with famous speakers about Technology, Education and Design. More info re. program & tickets http://www.tedxhhl.de/program/ October 9th ► Lichtfest at Augustusplatz Every year on October 9 Leipzig celebrates the start of the Peaceful Revolution in 1989 that eventually led to the…