Berlin Wall

Portraits of an Age `Die Berliner Mauer/The Berlin Wall´; Copyright: Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung

Unbowed into Freedom – A Documentation of the “Berlin Wall” with over 300 Photos

The new volume in the “Zeitbilder” (Pictures of an Age) series The Berlin Wall tells the story of t h e monument of the Cold War in a compact, scenic and moving style – a documentation lest we forget.More ...
A Berliner's wife and child have found themselves behind barbed wire due to barriers erected on the East Berlin side of the border (Berlin-Kreuzberg).

The Chronology of German Reunification 1989 - 1990

There were two, very moving developments that led to the reunification of Germany: the democratisation of the east, especially made possible by Mikhail Gorbachev, and the courage of thousands of people who fought for their freedom. At the end of 1989 these events came together and ended up a new state - the Federal Republic as we know it today.More ...
Thousands of people on both sides of the Brandenburg Gate celebrated the fall of the wall at Berlin’s 200-year-old landmark. Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl, the Governing Mayor of Berlin (West) Walter Momper (3rd from right), Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher (2nd from right) and Minister President Dr. Hans Modrow, as they walk through the newly opened gate; Copyright: Deutsches Bundesarchiv / Image 183-1989-1222-034 / Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 Germany License (CC-BY-SA), Photo: Klaus Oberst

“I was enthused and happy”

We made phone calls at random across the whole of Germany. We wanted the people to tell us something about the revolutionary changes that occurred in their country 20 years ago: How did you experience the 9th of November, 1989, and how have things changed for you since?More ...
Four 'Berlin Wall children'; Copyright: Dörte Grimm

The Divided Life

When the Berlin Wall fell, they were children or teenagers - today they are around 30 years old. The so-called “Wendekinder” (“Berlin Wall children”) have lived the first half of their lives under the dictatorship of the GDR and the other half in reunited democratic Germany. How do they see the fall of the Wall in retrospect? Four "Wendekinder" explain.More ...
Demands for the swift reunification of the two German states once again characterised the image of the Monday demonstrations on the Karl-Marx-Platz in Leipzig, in which roughly 40,000 people took part. Monday demonstration, demonstrator with a placard: 'There's a lot to do. Let's get on with it!' Copyright: Deutsches Bundesarchiv / Photo 183-1990-0219-023 / Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 Germany License (CC-BY-SA), Photo: W. Kluge

Peaceful Revolution

The prayers for peace which led to the Monday demonstrations that in turn triggered the Peaceful Revolution in the German Democratic Republic (GDR or East Germany) in October 1989 began at St Nicholas' Church – the Nikolaikirche – in Leipzig. What role did the church play at that time, and how important is it to people today?More ...