On 3 October 1990 the GDR acceded to the Federal Republic of Germany. Much has changed since then – nationally and internationally.
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.
“History should not be allowed to repeat itself”
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.
Recalling a divided Germany
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?
The path to freedom
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.
From Peaceful Revolution to German Unity
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...
10 events leading to the fall of the Berlin Wall
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.
The 1989 Generation
Commemorating the fall of the Berlin wall 25 years ago