Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Berlin_WallThroughout November, numerous events will commemorate the earth-shattering event that took place on November 9, 1989.  On that day, the Berlin Wall was opened for the first time in 28 years.  On August 13, 1961 the Communist East German government began erecting a vicious barrier of barbed wire, concrete, dog runs and guard towers that came to symbolize the Cold War.  For nearly three decades, desperate East Germans risked their lives in daring attempts to climb, tunnel beneath, or fly over the wall.

The following events are being held in Washington, DC in observance of the anniversary.

NewseumNovember 2, 2009:  Newseum Panel on Berlin Wall Anniversary

A panel of key players in 1989, including former Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher, former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft, and former Berlin Mayor Walter Momper will give their account of Germany’s happiest hour and discuss how it has shaped today’s world.  The will be streamed live on www.Germany.info at 10:00 AM EST. More info at www.newseum.org.

Untitled-32November 4, 2009:  TFAS Evening Panel Discussion and Reception

The Fund for American Studies hosts a panel discussion to reflect on the anniversary, its significance in history, and its implications for the future.  Panelists include: Mr. Marcin Bosacki, correspondent for Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland’s second largest daily newspaper; Paul Goble, an expert on the former USSR and former director of communications at RFE/RL, and Mitchell Orenstein, Professor of European Studies at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.  More information at www.tfas.org

Czech Republic EmbassyNovember 6, 2009:  Czechs and Balances: 1989-2009: Twenty Years of Czech Freedom and Democracy

The Embassy of the Czech Republic presents a conference to celebrate and commemorate twenty years since the Velvet Revolution of November 1989. The event highlights not only this defining moment of modern Czech history, but also the successful path that the Czech Republic has taken in the last two decades, entering NATO ten years ago, and joining the EU five years ago.  Admission is free. R.S.V.P. by November 4 to czech_events@yahoo.com or 202/274-9105.

DC NineNovember 18, 2009:  Mobile Art Installation, Rise & Fall comes to Washington, DC.

An exhibition featuring artwork displayed on Kodak digital frames interpreting the theme ‘bringing down walls/breaking down barriers’ (both literally and symbolically) will  be displayed at DC9 in Washington, DC.  Music will be performed by renowned Turkish-German DJ/Producer, DJ Ipek Ipekcioglu.

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