The Peaceful Revolution/30th Anniversary Berlin Wall

 @Bernhardt Ludewig

The peaceful revolution of the late 1980ies in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) paved the way for the fall of the Berlin Wall and the unification of East and West- Germany. As we approach the 30ieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Goethe-Institut is planning a series of educational programs and exhibitions to help familiarize young German students (middle-, high school and college) in the United States with the events that drastically changed the flow of contemporary German and European history.

Materials and events are planned in the fall of 2019.

Booklet for Students of German: The Peaceful Revolution and the German Unification
Starting with the division of Berlin after WWII, the building of the Berlin wall, speeches by presidents JFK and Reagan, the reform movements of the 80ies in the Eastern bloc, this booklet slowly introduces the important milestones in order to make history graspable for young readers. They are complimented by the oral histories of witnesses that were at the helm of the peaceful revolution in the GDR, among whom is David Gill, the current consul general of the Federal Republic of Germany in the US. The booklet is accompanied by videos and is designed to be used auto-didactically by learners. Materials for classroom use for teachers will be made available for free download on this website. Language: English.
Loan exhibition The Power of Emotions, Germany 19/19
Fear, empathy, enthusiasm, hope, rage, love? A poster exhibition about the role of emotions and feelings in the realm of the politics.  Available in English and German.