Free University of Berlin
| Free University of Berlin |
|Motto||Veritas, Iustitia, Libertas|
|Created as a Cold War showcase of Western freedom.|
Cold War Origins
The Free University of Berlin was founded in West Berlin in 1948 with American support during the early Cold War period; its name refers to West Berlin's status as part of the Western Free World, in contrast to the communist-controlled university in East Berlin, where the old Frederick William University was situated.
By 1949, the Free University had registered 4,946 students. Until the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961, many students came from the Soviet sector, often supported through the a cash stipend from the West Berlin government.
1968 Student Protests
In the late 1960s, the Free University of Berlin was one of the main scenes of the German student movement of 68, as a reaction to the global student protests during that time.
The APO students criticised society's repression of the crimes of National Socialism committed by their parents' generation, only interested in economic recovery. It also joined the worldwide protests against the Vietnam War and showed solidarity with the guerrilla fighters campaigning against the United States and its local allies.
Alumni on Wikispooks
|Peter Ammon||23 February 1952||German||Diplomat|
|Greek economist and politician.|
|Gerhard Löwenthal||8 December 1922||6 December 2002||German||Journalist|
Deep state operative
|German deep state operative|
|Peter Neumann||4 December 1974||German||Academic|
|Andreas Umland||1967||German||Academic||German academic mentioned in an Integrity Initiative document|