Berlin pays homage to peaceful revolution

8th May 2009, Comments 0 comments

Around 1,000 photos and videos are displayed on specially erected walls at Alexanderplatz, the heart of the former communist East Berlin where as many as a million people demonstrated on November 4, 1989.

Berlin -- A huge open-air exhibition was inaugurated in central Berlin Thursday honouring the peaceful revolution that brought down the city's Wall 20 years ago this November.

Around 1,000 photos and videos are displayed on specially erected walls at Alexanderplatz, the heart of the former communist East Berlin where as many as a million people demonstrated on November 4, 1989.

Five days later the Berlin Wall which had divided the city since 1961 was torn down. Eleven months later, the two German states were unified into one democratic country, 45 years after the end of World War II.

"This exhibition shows that those who took part in the peaceful revolution were not, for the most part, people whose names are in the history books," Foreign Minister and Vice-Chancellor Frank-Walter Steinmeier said.

Culture Minister Bernd Neumann said the photographs were particularly aimed at those too young to remember communist East Germany, to show "how brutally socialism as it was in practice treated young people."

The exhibition at "Alex" as it is colloquially known is one of dozens of special events and ceremonies planned across Germany this year ahead of the anniversary of the wall's fall on November 9.

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