The Fall of the Wall: Path to German Reunification 1

(Chronik der Wende 1)

Germany, 1994, 90 min, color
In German; English subtitles


The dramatic events of the East German fall of 1989 are depicted using East and West German television news coverage, Stasi documents, amateur videos and private photos never before released in North America. 


Part 1: The critical days of October 1989


The 40th anniversary of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) and the consequences. October 7, 1989: The GDR is 40 years old; protests at Berlin's Alexanderplatz against rigged elections; violent repression of all demonstrators. October 9, 1989: The GDR media took on a new political emphasis; the largest protest in Leipzig since June 17, 1953; 70,000 people chant "We are the people!" October 11, 1989: The newspaper Der Morgen publishes Prof. Wekwerth’s attack on media policy. October 13, 1989: Party leaders show no courage during the meeting with Erich Honecker; almost all demonstrators who were arrested on October 7 are set free.  October 18, 1989: Erich Honecker resigns; Egon Krenz becomes the new General Secretary; the TV-news program "Aktuelle Kamera" changes its format to reflect the current events. October 29, 1989: "Open doors, open words." Top political leaders congregate in Berlin; SPD politicians Walter Momper and Horst Ehmke meet with the New Forum party.


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Honored with the top German TV award, the Adolf Grimme Prize in Gold, 1995.


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