🎙️Second #Wendegeschichten fireside chat at #WagArb

Last Thursday, we had the pleasure of hosting our second Wendegeschichten event.

Philipp engaged in a lively conversation with two wonderful guests: Anne K. Hoffmann and Dr. Ramona Schardt, LL.M. (UVA), both born and raised in the GDR.

The evening began with a captivating look into their childhoods and their firsthand experiences of the historic night of November 9, 1989, and the subsequent changes that followed. Anne and Ramona shared the key decisions and considerations that led them to study law in a new system, reflecting on how the political shifts influenced their lives and those of their parents.

The discussion then moved on to the enduring values they carried from their childhood in the GDR, their sense of German identity, and how their origins shaped their international education, careers, and professional lives.

Following the engaging dialogue between Anne, Ramona, and Philipp, the floor was opened to the audience for questions and comments. This sparked a rich exchange of ideas and impressions, with diverse contributions from all participants.

To wrap up the evening, everyone mingled and shared their thoughts and observations over a glass of wine and various Mezze in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to Anne and Ramona for sharing their insights and stories. We eagerly anticipate the next Wendegeschichten evening in September, featuring Rolf Trittmann and Christof Elssner!


Tanya Verma

Tanya Verma is an Indian qualified lawyer currently pursuing a Master’s degree in International Dispute Resolution at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She obtained a degree in Bachelor of Business Administration and Legislative Law from a renowned university in India. During her five-year tenure in law school, Tanya had the opportunity to intern under esteemed designated Senior […]

Pablo Ortega Krstulovic

Pablo Ortega Krstulovic is a Chilean-qualified lawyer who joins us as a visiting professional from the new class of the IDR LL.M at HU. He grew up in Arica, Chile and completed his legal education at the University of Chile in Santiago. Before moving to Berlin, Pablo gained experience as an associate lawyer at one of […]

Diego Melendez Hirezi

Diego Melendez Hirezi is a Salvadorean-qualified lawyer. He graduated from the Superior School of Business and Economics of El Salvador. Currently, he is a student in the International Dispute Resolution LL.M program at Berlin Humboldt University. For more than five years, he worked as an associate in the litigation and arbitration department of Arias Law, a […]

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