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From the reconstruction until the reunification 1973-1990

Werner Teichmann and Norbert Gustmann - both know each other out of the FDJ Leadership at the University - campaign for a "Student project Moritzbastei". The reconstruction of Moritzbastei is modelled upon the
Student club "Turm" in Halle, which was completed in 1972/73. The architects Reinhard Plewe and Bernd Lauenroth, who planed the Halle Turm project, are acquired for the Moritzbastei project.

On the 30th of March the first ground is broken for the reconstruction of Moritzbastei. Important questions about the project remain unanswered, the official deadline for the completion is the 25th anniversary of the GDR, the 7th of October 1974. Three students appear on the first official work day: Werner Teichmann, Michael Richter and
Jochen Wisotzki.

In the University newspaper the FDJ Leadership of every department appeal time and time again for volunteers to work on the Bastei. The Physics department also campaigns, to whose FDJ Leadership Angela Kasner belongs. Hence, she is certainly the most famous reconstruction helper of Moritzbastei.

On the 21st of June the Leipzig Jazz Enthusiasts play the first construction site concert in Moritzbastei, which is followed by numerous further events. Those that stick out are certainly the concerts by Renft, James C. Booker as well as the performances by the student cabaret Academixer consisting of Jürgen Hart, Christian Becher, Bernd-Lutz Lange and Günther Böhnke.

Since the initial plans quickly prove to be utopian, the public is presented with the "October vault" as a provisional cultural hall on the envisaged completion deadline in October 1974. The vault would be later redesigned yet again.

In 150,000 unpaid voluntary working hours, around 40,000 cubic meters of rubble is removed. During the construction phase, around 30,000 students work on Moritzbastei. This quickly becomes the most famous "illicit construction site" of the GDR, since the costs went far beyond the scope of any plans made. 

On the 4th of February, the official topping-out ceremony on the rooftop of the Bastei takes place. Polier Manfred Gangloff from the firm Werner stonewalls a cassette with construction plans and newspapers into the bastion's walls.

Because of the ever-increasing costs - Estimations started at several million GDR Marks - the foreign trading firm VEB Investcommerz is put in charge of progressing the construction work.  The interior construction is executed by specialist companies.  Even convicts are deployed on the Bastei's construction site.

On the 8th of February 100,000 voluntary working hours are celebrated. Notably diligent helpers are distinguished with honorary tickets, which entitle the holder to life-long free entry to Moritzbastei.

On the 570th  anniversary of the Leipzig University, the 1st of December, the first construction phase - the present upper cellar - is ceremoniously presented; the start of regularly occurring events in Moritzbastei. 

On the 5th of February the whole building is presented to the public from the Karl-Marx-University as an official student club.

In the following years Moritzbastei holds the title of “biggest student club in Europe”, even though no factual grounds substantiate this claim. The operation of Moritzbastei is organised through the club's management, various work groups design the programme and bar. Tickets are sold only to students, who are each allowed to bring one non-student guest. Long queues in front of the doors of "MB" are part of the daily routine.

The cultural life is reviewed and approved by government agencies. Moritzbastei is not a location for oppositional culture; although 'critical' programmes from Wenzel & Mensching, Sascha Anderson, Pankow and the so-called other Bands are no rarities.

During the German reunification, Moritzbastei is an important place for discussions and meetings. Politically engaged students organise panels, round tables, and cultural events which broach the issue of the future of the GDR community.

Page 1: History of Moritzbastei 1551-1943
Page 2: History after 1943
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From the reconstruction until the reunification 1973-1990
Page 4: The Moritzbastei Foundation after 1993