Exactly 30 years ago today, nearly one million people gathered peacefully at Berlin's Alexanderplatz to demonstrate for the freedom of opinion, freedom of the press, unrestricted travel and the freedom of assembly. Opposition groups and artists had organized the rally, and Jens Reich was among those present for the New Forum. Only five days later, the Berlin Wall fell.
It was an ambiguous revolution, writes the bioethicist and former civil rights activist today. His essay is one of more than forty stories in which MDC employees remember the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989 – in particular the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9 – and how this period shaped their lives:
A driver shares how he escaped East-Germany as a 19-year-old, the MDC Administrative Director leafs through her diary of autumn 89, a brain researcher from Heidelberg describes his departure for Berlin, and a veterinarian experienced that exciting night on Berlin's Sonnenallee. A physicist talks about taking part in the “Monday demonstrations” as a student in Leipzig, a scientist from Kiev writes about the value of freedom, a biologist talks about the obstacles in GDR research, the Stasi and the mistakes in the integration of East and West in the scientific world. MDC founding director Detlev Ganten poses questions about the successes and failures after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
We have compiled the diverse list on the page "My 9th November".
Have fun reading and watching!
Your Insights Team
Picture: © Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-1989-1104-437 / Settnik, Bernd / CC-BY-SA 3.0 DE