Student Contest Berlin Wall

Ronald Reagan speaking in front of the Brandenburg Gate ©White House Photographic Office

„Tear down this wall!” Student contest in celebration of 30 years Fall of the Berlin Wall

30 years ago, a peaceful revolution took place in the German Democratic Republic. It led to the Fall of the Berlin Wall and to the collapse of the Iron Curtain that had separated Europe in East and West for decades. We would like to celebrate this memorable event with a student contest. Have your students participate and win a free movie night with pizza for the whole class!
In our booklet on the Peaceful Revolution we introduced David Gill, Consul General in New York City, and Dianna Erinna, a German lecturer from Boston. Both shared their memories of living in a divided country from a very personal point of view.

For our contest we ask your students to write a fictitious letter to either David Gill or Dianna Erinna focussing on the following questions:

  1. What made the strongest impression on you in the personal stories of these eyewitnesses?
  2. Which lessons for the present time can be learned from their personal experiences?
  3. If you had the chance to meet our eyewitnesses, which question would you like to ask them? 
Teachers select the three best essays per class and submit them as entries for this contest as pdf-attachments to by November 30. A jury will choose the best essays which are awarded a free movie night with a selected German dvd and pizza for the whole class.
Find out more about the rules for the contest and the criteria of assessment in our

We are looking forward to reading your students' essays!