German Unity

Leipzig Montagsdemonstration Enlarge image (© Bundesarchiv) German Unity:

On 3 October 1990 the GDR acceded to the Federal Republic of Germany. Much has changed since then – nationally and internationally.

Berlin Wall Memorial - installation in memory of the escape victims.

“History should not be allowed to repeat itself”

It tore families and friends apart, divided Berlin and the country for almost 30 years and was seen as a symbol of the Iron Curtain: when the Berlin Wall was built on August 13, 1961, it signalled the beginning of the violent division of Germany. Over the coming days and months, events will be commemorating this incisive moment in modern German history and marking the 50th anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall.

Brandenburger Tor mit Berliner Mauer

50th anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall

Fifty years ago the Berlin Wall was erected between East and West, dividing the country and the people. Countless lives were affected by the construction of the Wall. [...] Little by little, people are starting to forget how much pain and suffering was caused by the division of Germany, how the division was overcome, and what elation was felt when the Wall fell.

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20 Years of German Unity

On 3 October 1990 the GDR acceded to the Federal Republic of Germany. Much has changed since then – nationally and internationally. How does reunification look after 20 years?

Tag der deutschen Einheit

From Peaceful Revolution to German Unity

The months between the fall of the Berlin wall in November 1989 and the German reunification in Oktober 1990 are an interesting period in German history. The timeline introduces important events on the way to the German Unity.

Mauerfall in Berlin

10 events leading to the fall of the Berlin Wall

19 August 1989 The "Pan-European Picnic" on the Austrian-Hungarian border: 600 GDR citizens flee to the West. By this time the Federal Republic of Germany's representation in East Berlin and its Emba...

Wendekinder

Wendekinder: The 1989 Generation

How did the fall of the Berlin Wall shape the lives of those who were born the year it came down?  We asked four young people how they perceive Germany's unity and division twenty years later.

Mauerfall in Berlin

Berlin’s Second Fall of the Wall - Day of German Unity

Commemorating the fall of the Berlin wall 25 years ago Start

Commemorating the fall of the Berlin wall 25 years ago

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Trabbis on their way to the west

10 events leading to the fall of the Berlin Wall

10 Ereignisse zum Mauerfall

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Celebrations of the Fall of the Wall