Diskussionskommando Berlin

University: The FU-Situation

„Unter den Talaren – Muff von 1000 Jahren!" The Professor's gowns merely cover the 1000 Years Reich's mildew … With this slogan the leftist students at Freie Universität made very clear what the young generation thought about the venerable Alma Mater. In the beginning, professors in their traditional black gowns, marching around gravely and with congealed and complacent faces at festive events, were simply derided. They would soon turn into a conspicuous symbol for the structures that nurtured the students' resistance, those of the universities and indeed of the whole society.  Students of this generation no longer accepted forefathers as unquestionable models, instead they were stepping up to bring literally everything into question. The majority of professors however were ideologically fixated to "pure scientific doctrine" and thus ridiculed as  "Fachidioten" – one-track specialists, or nerds – and blamed for their unwillingness to speak out on political and social issues. At least not publicly.  With the controversy getting explosive, Professor Helmut Gollwitzer ostentiously declared his comprehension, if not sympathy, for violent demonstrators. It was a totally fatal statement by a theology teacher well renowned among the students, because it did reject violence against human beings, but sanctified violence against things. It ended, most probably not intended by Gollwitzer, in outright inhumanity: cops were pronounced things, thus violence against them was "politically correct". It was an unequivocally fascistoid reasoning offered by self-declared "leftist anti-fascists".
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68th Revolt

amerikahaus berlin
A Police democratises itself
What's worse: they acted likewise. For quite a while, their disciples would wave Mao Bibles glorifying one of the biggest mass murderer of all times. The Great Cultural Revolution was reaching its climax, all China was overrun by murder and terror. The APO simply ignored it. The students of the Free University would allow freedom only, as they understood it. Dissenters were prevented from speaking by hails of catcalls and shouts, sometimes even by physical attacks. In the FU's Auditorium Maximum, basic democratic principles were suspended. Soon public speech was reduced to "revolutionary grass-roots debate". It usually started with an ironic welcome to the "atten- dant 'State Protection Office' cop", followed by con- tributions to the next actions planned. Each one, if positive or negative, got applause by the audi- torium, no matter the contents, they were secon- dary. Those among the professors who were trying to liberalize the universities and modernize its struc- tures, were pressured and threatened, sometimes severely, their lectures massively disrupted, if not stopped completely. It was Professor Jürgen Habermas who coined the phrase "left fascism", he thought to have noticed an inclination to violence in Rudi Dutschke. Some of Dutschke's statements indeed give evidence, that Habermas was not completely wrong.