Prisoner’s Dilemmas Part Two

Christian Roessler, Ph.D.Associate Professor Department of Economics

Life and Choices behind the Berlin Wall Part 2

Thirty years ago, the Berlin Wall, deadly symbol of the Cold War, collapsed in a series of events no one had predicted. Economics Associate Professor and game theorist Christian Roessler, who grew up in the immediate vicinity of the Wall, on a street divided into East and West, Communism and Capitalism, speaks about life in an all-knowing totalitarian state, the interdependent personal choices that allowed the Wall to stand and then suddenly caused it to fall, bringing a seemingly invincible system down with it.

Part 2 examines the impact of the Wall on the individual stories of notable as well as “ordinary” people - how they coped in different ways with an immoral system and, in doing so, made a crucial difference.

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