In Partnership with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at San Diego State University
Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 12:00-2:00 pm
Location: German American Societies of San Diego
1017 S Mollison Ave, El Cajon, CA 92020
Event Cost: $39
Open to OLLI at SDSU members only (see Registration below)
About the EventAdventures by the Book™ is honored to partner with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at San Diego State University for a Culture & Cuisine of Germany Edventure, at the gathering place of the German-American Society and at the site of San Diego's largest Oktoberfest. Join us for an authentic German meal and the opportunity to meet memoirist J. Elke Ertle, whose story of growing up in West Berlin in the aftermath of WWII is chronicled in her book. Walled in.
Our Edventure is an opportunity to discover Germany, a country with a vast and daunting history. The Berlin Wall, built in 1961 to stop East Germans from escaping to West Germany, became a symbol of the Cold War. The Eastern Bloc claimed that the Wall was erected to protect its population from fascist elements conspiring to prevent the “will of the people” in building a socialist state in East Germany. However, in practice, the Wall served to prevent the emigration and defection that had plagued East Germany during the post-WWII era. In her memoir, Elke recounts her youth experiencing the Berlin Blockade with only enough food left in the city to fend off starvation for thirty-five days, the Berlin Airlift, the construction of the Berlin Wall, and John F. Kennedy's unforgettable 1963 visit when he proclaimed, ""Ich bin ein Berliner.”" Event includes food, drink, tax & gratuity, book discussion, Q&A, book signing, and the opportunity to meet the author up close and personal in an intimate and authentic setting.