Central commemoration ceremony in Berlin: Merkel: "defend freedom conquered"

              Saturday, 9th November 2019

              Chancellor Merkel describes November 9, 1989 as the "fateful day of German history." She will be meeting in Berlin with Federal President Steinmeier and high-ranking politicians, including from Poland and the Czech Republic.
              On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for the defense of freedom gained in 1989 against new hostilities. "The 9th of November, which reflects in a special way both the terrible and the happy moments of our history, reminds us that we must resolutely oppose hatred, racism and anti-Semitism," said the CDU politician in Berlin at the central commemoration ceremony , Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier appealed to the Europeans to continue their commitment to the unity of the continent. Not all hopes and goals were reached when tearing down the Iron Curtain. "Freedom and democracy, prosperity and cohesion in Europe remain big and demanding goals." The head of the state commemorated in Berlin at the central celebration on the former death strip on the Bernauer Straße of the fall of the wall exactly 30 years ago. The President also had the heads of state of Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary – Zuzana Caputova, Milos Zeman, Andrzej Duda and Janos Ader – invited to Berlin. "Without the courage and the will to freedom of the Poles and Hungarians, the Czechs and Slovaks, the peaceful revolutions in Eastern Europe and the German unity would not have been possible", he said at the monument for the contribution of the four Visegrad states to the fall of the Berlin Wall. The freedom movements in these countries had made it possible for the first time. "Wall, which excludes people and limits freedom" The 9th of November is a fateful day of German history, said Merkel. It was reminiscent of the Nazi pogrom night of 1938. It was followed by crimes against humanity and the Holocaust. The demolition of the wall in 1989 shows the Chancellor: "No wall that excludes people and limits freedom is so high or so wide that it can not be broken." The director of the memorial foundation, Axel Klaus Meier, said at the ceremony, attended by witnesses and students: "The peaceful revolution means first of all to take responsibility, to live tolerance, democracy and human rights to respect and defend and the dream of united To fill Europe with life. "During the commemoration, Steinmeier, Merkel and other high-ranking politicians such as Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble and Berlin's Mayor Michael Müller put yellow and orange roses in the back wall for the victims of the Wall.AKK:" Go for Courage and Confidence " In memory of the courage of the GDR opposition in autumn 1989, candles were lit. Candles carried on demonstrations were then the symbol of non-violent resistance. During a devotion in the Chapel of Reconciliation, also on the former death strip, the evangelical bishop of Berlin and Brandenburg, Markus Dröge, said that the memory of the peaceful revolution was more thoughtful this year than it was five years ago. The attack on the synagogue in Halle had all startled. In addition, the social discussions have become sharper. Also be formulated more clearly, what radical upheavals the East Germans would have experienced in work and everyday life after 1989. The CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer recalled the courage of the East Germans and wrote on Twitter: "Even today it's about courage and confidence." In view of the pogrom night of 1938, she also stated: "It started with a hate speech, hatred and hate speech, exclusion and defamation." 9 November is also a day that warns – for today and the future. "Bernauer Strasse is considered Symbol of the german division. When the wall was raised in 1961, the street fronted the street to the east, the sidewalk to the west. On November 9, 1989, the German division came to an end after about 40 years; the Berlin Wall itself had more than 28 years of existence. According to scientific findings, at least 140 people died on the 160 kilometer long wall in the capital through the GDR border regime.

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