In Pictures: November at the Goethe!
November was a great month here at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta with hundreds of people walking through our doors. If you were one of them, maybe you can spot yourself in one of the pictures below and if you didn’t make it, take a look at what you missed out on. Next time, you might want to get your name on that list and join in the fun!
The 16th Annual European Wine Tasting
We kicked off November in the same way we have done for the last 16 years with our annual European Wine Tasting event. This is one of our biggest events of the year here at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta and is always enjoyed by everyone who stops by. This year, around 200 people came to sample wines from Switzerland, Hungary, Greece, France and Germany which were perfectly paired with foods from the various nations. This year, we were so happy to welcome the Hungarian Consulate to celebrate with us and share some very tasty wines from their country. Around 60 different wines were available to sample, many of which are unavailable in the U.S. All in all, everybody had a great night and we’re already planning for bigger and better things at our 17th Annual European Wine Tasting next year! Make sure you keep the first Friday in November free!
Lunchtime Films to Commemorate the Fall of the Berlin Wall
November 9, 2014 marked 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, a monumental day in history that led to Germany’s reunification. The fall of the wall helped shape Germany into the country it is today and that is something we obviously wanted to celebrate. We kick started our celebrations with a series of lunchtime films, screened here in our auditorium with the help of the German Consulate in Atlanta. “Bis an die Grenze,” looked at the day the wall went up back in 1961, with Berliner’s waking up to find themselves either East or West of the border, paralyzed in shock. “Zug Freiheit” was based in 1989 and looked at families heading towards a new life now that the wall had fallen and Germany was on it’s way to reunification. Both were popular and a great way to help us to celebrate those events, looking at their effects and consequences of the Berlin Wall.
Reception and Eyewitness Account – Thomas Raufeisen
We ended our 25 years since with a reception and eyewitness account from Thomas Raufeisen. Thomas spent his childhood and early teenage years in Western Germany before traveling to the East with his family. After arriving they discovered that his father had been spying for the East. What came next was his dramatic story, about betrayal, captivity, and life in the two Germanies. More than 160 people packed into our auditorium to hear Thomas’s compelling story that included photos and a question and answer session. There were so many questions and so much interest in Thomas’s story that many people spent one on one time with Tomas during the reception which followed. It was a great way for us to portray life in the two Germanies through a very unique story.
In addition to the reception and eyewitness account, Thomas Raufeisen joined us as we connected with high schools and universities in the area. We visited Kennesaw State University, the Atlanta International School, Georgia Tech University and Chamblee High School with Thomas where he told his story to groups of students and held a question and answer session. It was great to be able to help him to share his story with the younger generation, allowing them to realize that this wasn’t an event in the very distant past.
So there you have it, that was November 2014 at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta. It was another successful month that saw new and old faces walking through the door and the Goethe getting out into the local community. Now we’re moving to December and getting into the holiday spirit! That doesn’t mean we’re winding down though, next week alone we have 2 events that you can read all about by clicking here.
We hope to see you at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta soon!
Posted on December 3, 2014, in What's Happened? and tagged Berlin, Berlin Wall, Fall of the Wall, Goethe, Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta, Thomas Raufeisen, Wine Tasting. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.