The Wall 1961 - 1989
a border through Germany

30 Jahre Mauerfall © Photo by Alberto Bigoni on Unsplash

Mr. Gorbatschew, tear down this wall!

Ronald Reagan at the Brandenburg Gate on 12 June 1987

November 9th...

November 9th, 2019 is the 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. On this occasion, the Goethe-Institut Montreal presents an exhibition on contemporary history produced by the Federal Foundation for the Study of Communist Dictatorship in East Germany and by the newspapers BILD and DIE WELT. The history of the Berlin Wall and of the inner-German border is documented on 20 large-format posters. On display are a number of impressive photographs and documents from the two newspapers’ archives. Addressed themes are the GDR’s border regime and its victims, escape helpers and flight, everyday life along the inner-German border and within the partitioned city, as well as the joyful overcoming of Germany’s partition during the Peaceful Revolution in 1989.

The wall will still be there in 50 or 100 years.

Erich Honecker on January 19, 1989

Events

Die Mauer © BSA

Exhibition | September 28 to November 29, 2019 | Goethe-Institut Montreal
The Wall - a border through Germany

On display are a number of impressive photographs and documents from the archives of two German newspapers. Addressed subjects are the GDR’s border regime and its victims, escape helpers and flight, everyday life along the inner-German border and within the partitioned city, as well as the joyful overcoming of Germany’s partition during the Peaceful Revolution in 1989.

mauerfall30 © Schaerfsystem/Pixabay

Film Series | October 10 to November 11, 2019 | Goethe-Institut Montreal
The fall of the wall on November 9, 1989

When the Berlin Wall fell on November 9, 1989, this set the domino in motion leading to the reunification of the two Germanys on October 3, 1990 and the downfall of some of the most oppressive regimes in Eastern Europe. This historic event became a source of inspiration for many decades for filmmakers from both East and West Germany. The Goethe-Institut presents four films, two from East Germans and two from West Germans, to mark this important anniversary.  

The wall was a building of fear. On 9 November 1989 it became a place of joy.

Horst Köhler on November 9, 2009

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