Juliane Fürst and Anna von der GoltzFeb 28, 2023
Soviet Hippies and German “Other ‘68ers”
A Conversation about Youth Non-Conformity and Protest
New Books Network 2023
On first glance, Soviet hippies would seem to have little in common with right-wing student protestors in West Germany in 1968. Yet as Juliane Fürst and Anna von der Goltz point out, both groups were non-conformists in their respective milieus, and both groups sought to carve out space for individual freedom and expression amid political forces that privileged sacrifices for the common good. Juliane Fürst is the author of Flowers through Concrete: Adventures in Soviet Hippieland. Anna von der Goltz is the author of The Other ‘68ers: Student Protest and Christian Democracy in West Germany.
Stephen V. Bittner is Special Topics Editor at Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History and Professor of History at Sonoma State University.