My last public appearance in the role of historian and political publicist was particularly important to me. The House of the History of the Federal Republic of Germany and the FDP Parliamentary Group convened a symposium in Bonn on occasion of the centennial of party founder Thomas Dehler’s birthday. The entire top tier of the Liberal party was in attendance, including Hand-Dietrich Genscher, the incumbent Federal Ministers of the FDP, and many members of the FDP Parliamentary Group. I gave a talk on the relationship between Thomas Dehler and the Republic’s first chancellor, Konrad Adenauer, and participated in a panel discussion with other renowned historians. For me, being invited to this convention was important confirmation by my party that it would not be bullied into excluding non-conformist liberals like me just because I had come under the attack by “political correctness” zealots.

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