What was really behind the protests of 1968?
The year of 1968 still has a polarising effect. But what was the initial driving force behind the 1938-1948 generation? Heinz Bude has talked to men and women who were involved. What they have in common is an escape from their war-torn childhoods into a world of liberation. But Theodor Adorno sent them on their way with the following advice: the better you understand a society, the more difficult it is to make yourself useful within it.
Heinz Bude, an expert on German society, recognises that the children of the revolution are, above all, post-war children. With a desolate past behind them, their desire was to change society and establish their own lives. Fifty years after the ’68 protests, the time has come to understand the extent to which personal issues were the driving force behind the politics of that period.