Change the World!

Change the World!

Elisabeth Zöller

Who was Rudi Dutschke, the man in a knit pullover shouting in a bullhorn? What was his role in the movement? And why is he important today? On occasion of the 1968 protests‘ 50th anniversary, the first YA biography about Dutschke will introduce this symbolic figure to young readers of today.

Nowadays, it is hard to imagine just how reactionary Germany was at the beginning of the federal republic. It was only in 1968 when students protested for radical changes of the political sphere. Participation, emancipation, and a critical approach to authority – that is what they fought for. Without them our lives today would look very different.
Student representatives and liberal education were unthinkable back then; just like equality, social justice, and self-determination. In 2017, democracy is under attack again – yet revolutionaries like the ones from ’68 are nowhere to be seen. Rudi Dutschke would call out to us: »Get up, change the world!«

Change the World!

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