Pastor Werner Krätschell will discuss his experience with the Wall, as it was erected, as it persisted, as it came down, and his role following Germany’s reunification and reconciliation.
Lutheran pastor Werner Krätschell served as priest within the first Protestant chaplaincy in East Germany. In 1979 he was named superintendent of the Parish of Berlin-Pankow, making him the head of 24 churches. Despite harassment from the secret police, his church provided a haven for dissidents while maintaining open communication with government officials. When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, he was elected to be Moderator of the Round Table for all of east Berlin.
Krätschell spoke at Furman’s opening convocation of the 2002-2003 academic year – held on September 11 – and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree for his years of devotion to the cause of peaceful co-existence. He is author of the German book, “Die Macht der Kerzen: Erinnerungen an die Friedliche Revolution.”
The event is sponsored by the Department of Politics and International Affairs, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Mere Christianity Forum, and the Department of Religion.
March 25, 2020
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Younts Conference Center