Der Gorleben-Treck – 40 Jahre danach!
An exhibition of the Gorleben Archive e. V.
Forty years ago - on March 25, 1979 - a convoy of about 350 tractors set off for the Wendland, under the motto "Albrecht, we're coming!" On the way to the capital of Lower Saxony - an exhibition of the Gorleben Archiv e. V. recalls this special moment in the beginnings of the German anti-nuclear movement.
Two years earlier, the then Prime Minister Ernst Albrecht had declared the so far hardly known Elbdorf Gorleben the location for a Nuclear Waste Management Center (NEZ) - and met with unexpected resistance. Mobilized by the partial meltdown at the nuclear power plant near Harrisburg on March 28, numerous people joined the trek to Hanover. When the protest march arrived on March 31 in Hannover, it had grown to over 500 tractors and was received by about 100,000 people - until then the largest anti-nuclear demonstration in Germany. At their rally, the Lüchow-Dannenberger farmers asked the Prime Minister to give up the plans for the NEZ in Wendland. The public pressure was effective: A week later, Albrecht declared the WAA in the Wendland "politically unenforceable".
The exhibition will open on Sunday, March 31st at 11am and is open until June 28th for the county house's opening hours: Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am to 4pm and on Friday from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.