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Ton Steine Scherben concert in the Technical University hours before the occupation (Photo by Jutta Matthess / Umbruch Bildarchiv).

If you’ve ever studied at a German university you’ve probably witnessed some kind of “occupation.” In most of these rather curious spectacles several hundred indignant students refuse to leave a lecture hall until their demands are met, while wizened administrators humor them for a few hours before they trickle home and things return to normal. […]

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