We have frozen ourselves for 500 years, to have a look at re-enactment in Germany in the future. Here
is our report:
We enter the area around midday. It is about the size of a football field. Everywhere are campers, little garden
houses, tents, and trailers... The organizer determined the year 1985 as the time-line. We arrive just in time for the authentic nuclear
power demonstration. The combatants already have taken their positions: on the side of the demonstrators altogether about 30
people, consisting of 10 rockers, 3 punks, 6 rappers, 6 managers and 5 hippies. On the side of the policemen are 25 people
consisting of 10 chief superintendents, 3 ordinary German policemen, 4 English policemen, 2 Bundeswehr generals, 5 boxers
and a UN Bluehelm.
I go to the side of the policemen, in order to inquire a little. I get into conversation with two of the chief
superintendents. Proudly they show me their weapons, a shotgun from the year 1965 and a Bundeswehr G-11 from the year 2023.
"Actually only ordinary policemen fought against demonstrators, but somehow the role of chief superintendent fits me better, I think",
explains one of the two.
His buddy leans to me: "And it could have been that the ordinary policemen happened to be on strike and that a few higher ranks were
therefore called up for the demonstration."
The two Bundeswehr generals, who were chatting with the UN Bluehelm, tell me that it was common, around
the turn of the millennium, for soldiers to assist the police. So this must certainly also have happened at demonstrations such as this
one in Germany in 1985.
The UN Bluehelm joins in: "And to prevent the collision between policemen and demonstrators to escalate, they used UN troops!" He
I ask one of the boxers, what he is doing among the policemen. Very enthusiastically he tells me, that he is
Muhamed Ali, and that he just happened to be passing by, when he saw the demonstration. So he offered his assistance, which the
policemen accepted gladly, since such a boxer is a great fighter. The four other boxers introduce themselves as Rocky, Hulk Hogan,
Muhamed Ali and Muhamed Ali.
I get into discussion with the English policemen. They are four friends, who are interested in the English
history of the turn of the millennium. They inform me that the English police did not carry any weapons in those days. Therefore they
would have to fight like the demonstrators, with paving bricks.
I go to the other side, to observe a dispute between a manager and a punk on the one hand and a rocker on
the other hand:
Rocker: "That is not really authentic, managers never did demonstrate!"
Manager: "Of course they did, there must have been some who were against nuclear power!"
Punk: "Sure, and they would have punched any policeman right in the face!"
Rocker: "I have not seen any pictorial evidence of that!"
Manager: "I did! There was this manager named James Bond, and he fought against policemen in Russia."
Rocker: "I thought he was an agent!"
Manager "Sure, but certainly also a manager. He was wearing a jacket and tie. That's what all the managers did at that time, therefore
James Bond is also manager".
A hippie interferes: Do you know the theory that this James Bond never really existed? "
Punk: "Oh, not that story again! From the same idiot who claims that the Ewings in Dallas and the Carringtons in Denver are forgeries
created by Leo Kirch!"
Then I am requested to leave the field, because the demonstration is about to begin. The ranks stand facing
each other, and the demonstrators shout:
"Nuclear power, no thanks! Nuclear power, no thanks!"
The policemen are shouting back, at the top of their voices:
"Nucleaaaar Pooooower!" and they attack the demonstrators.
These throw immediately with polystyrene paving bricks.
A hippie calls to a superintendent: "I saw that, you have been hit by 3 stones. You are dead!"
The policemen fight embittered and use all their weapons. There is even a water thrower in the show,
reconstructed from contemporary illustrations. Rubber projectiles are ejected from World War II mortars, and as tear gas they use
artificial smoke. A punk conquers the water thrower. Thus the battle is decided in favor of the demonstrators.
Afterwards I mingle with the crowd at the market. The German Chancellor introduces himself to me: a tall
strong man, who calls himself Gerhard Kohl. He says, he would have governed between 1940 or so and 2005. He can portray such
an important personality, because he has two Ministers as his retinue: Franz Josef Strauss and Joschka Fischer. Two boys, both
about 20 years old, introduce themselves. One carries a jogging suit. The other one has a 5 liter beer jug jangling from his belt, and
a rifle on his back.
"Strauss was a Bavarian and a hunter!" he tells me. "And in Bavaria they all drank beer from these large jugs!"
I observe two managers (the whole market is full of mainly managers), who are directly next to each other,
and are having a conversation through mobile telephones. Upon my question, what that means, one of the two produces from his
bag a small display, and shows a film with a well-known German TV-commercial.
"This film document originates from the year 1990 or 2000 or thereabouts, and proves that people at that time always conversed with
their mobile, even if one could understand each other anyway."
To be continued...
Author: Philipp Klostermann
Leo Kirch is Germany's most important media mogul.
Helmut Kohl (and not Gerhard) was Germany's prime minister in the 1980's and 1990's.
The politicians Franz Josef Strauss (very conservative, and a big fat man) and Joschka Fischer (extreme left) have about 25 years between them.