Nearly half of young Germans unawareof Berlin Wall anniversary

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8 November 2004 , BERLIN - One-third of all adults and nearly half of young Germans are unaware of the significance of the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, according to a survey Monday. Issued on the eve of the 15th anniversary of the day in 1989 when the Wall was opened, the survey showed 32 percent of Germans over age 30 could not answer the question: "What big event in German history occurred on 9 November 1989?" Among those under 30, the percentage was even higher, at 42 percent, according t

8 November 2004

BERLIN - One-third of all adults and nearly half of young Germans are unaware of the significance of the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, according to a survey Monday.

Issued on the eve of the 15th anniversary of the day in 1989 when the Wall was opened, the survey showed 32 percent of Germans over age 30 could not answer the question: "What big event in German history occurred on 9 November 1989?"

Among those under 30, the percentage was even higher, at 42 percent, according to the findings by Emnid Institute.

The Berlin Wall was opened on 9 November 1989, by communist functionaries in a bid to save the hardline state after months of protests led by the East German pro-democracy movement.

DPA

Subject: German news

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