Laurence McFalls – False Memory Syndrome and the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Laurence McFalls, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies, Université de Montréal

False Memory Syndrome and the Fall of the Wall: After twenty years memories of the dramatic events in 1989 have increasingly become projections by today’s political actors and commentators. Laurence McFalls describes how our recollection of the fall of the Wall is shaped by a host of competing and, at times, misleading interpretations. Framing it in terms of a false memory syndrome he suggests that the current festivities for the 20th anniversary tend to miss the essence of what happened in October and November 1989.