Mario Röllig – Former STASI Prisoner of Communist East Germany
Mario Röllig’s story begins in East Germany, circa 1987. He is a teenager, who falls in love with a West German politician. The German Democratic Republic (GDR) demands he spy on his boyfriend. He refuses and attempts to escape to the West. He is caught and incarcerated, interrogated and tortured in Hohenschönhausen Prison, but finds a way to regain his freedom.
Today, Mr. Röllig makes it his life’s mission to draw attention to the crimes of the GDR dictatorship and fight human rights abuse everywhere. Currently he is the CLAS Eyewitness in Residence at UNC Charlotte.
Join us as Mr. Röllig shares his first-hand account of the GDR dictatorship, incarceration and human rights violations during the Cold War.
Tuesday April 26 from 2 – 3 p.m.
Levine Campus, Room 3100
The event is FREE and open to the public. For more information about this event or to learn more about CPCC’s German programs, please contact Daniela Weinert at 704.330.6044.