What Does it Mean to be German?


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Young people give their views on Europe, European unity and what it means to be German.

  • Title
    The Breakaways - Germany
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  • Contributor
    John O'Donoghue (Reporter)
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  • Series title
    Into Europe
  • Clip title
    What Does it Mean to be German?
  • Extended description

    In this extract from the series 'Into Europe', John O'Donoghue examines how as European countries move closer, their customs, beliefs and traditions are affected by each other.

    O'Donoghue reports from a European Youth Centre at Liebenzell Castle in Southern Germany. At the centre young people from all over Europe come to learn about their own future and the future of their European neighbours from social, economic and poltical perspectives.

    O'Donoghue meets some young teenagers and listens to their understanding and vision on the future of Europe. He also speaks to a group of university students from the University of Bonn, who discuss the past, present and future of Germany and Europe.

  • Information

    'Into Europe' was  a series of 12 programmes broadcast in 1967 and 1968 which set out to tell Irish television viewers something about their European neighbours.

    Jack White the then RTÉ Assistant Controller of Television Programmes writng in the RTÉ Guide said of the series,

    "The 'Into Europe' project was born nearly twelve months ago, at a meeting held to consider what Irish television could do to bring Ireland closer to the Europe of the Common Market. It was decided then to use the summer months for a major expedition into Europe.

    When we came down to working out the brief in detail, we felt that the framework of the Common Market itself was too formal for the project we had in mind. So in the end 'Into Europe' has taken in three EFTA countries - Austria, Sweden and Denmark - as well as all the EEC members except Luxembourg. Each programme in the series is an essay on a theme from modern European life, illustrated from one or more countries."
    (RTÉ Guide, 17 November, 1967, Vol. 4 No. 47 p.3)

    The extract here is from an episode called 'The Breakaways' broadcast 14 February 1968.

  • Local keywords
    Liebenzell castle, Black Forest, Southern Germany, European Youth Centre, Trade Unionism, Political Unity, Vox Pop, University of Bonn, Being European, Europe, Nationality, Citizenship, Germany, German, Europe
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    Society and Social Issues
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    Black and White
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  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)