German Festival – Opening Talk "From the Peaceful Revolution to the German Reunification: The dramatic events of 1989/90"


14 Oct 2020





Dr. Almuth Meyer-Zollitsch, Goethe-Institut Hong Kong
Biography of Speaker:

Dr. Almuth Meyer-Zollitsch holds a doctorate in History and German Studies. She has been working for the Goethe-Institut in various positions in Europe and Asia. Since the end of 2016 she has been director of the Goethe-Institut in Hong Kong.




Event Details:

The Office of Student Affairs is organizing an online German Festival in October to share the vibrant and unique German culture.

We cordially invite you to the opening talk “From the Peaceful Revolution to the German Reunification: The dramatic events of 1989/90”. Details are as follows:

Date: 14 October 2020 (Wed)
Time: 3:00-4:00pm
Speaker: Dr. Almuth Meyer-Zollitsch, Goethe-Institut Hong Kong
Format: Online live session via Zoom
Language: English


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Synopsis of Lecture:

On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall opened at Checkpoint Bornholmerstraße, and the images of people dancing on top of the wall, cheering and crying with joy, went around the world. For more than 40 years, Germany had been divided into two parts: a Western democracy and a socialist one-party system. The fall of the Berlin Wall had been forced by over-months mass protests in the "Peaceful Revolution", which paved the way for reunification of Germany.

In this talk, Dr. Almuth Meyer-Zollitsch will talk about the dramatic events of 1989 and the overall political situation in Europe and in the Soviet Union. This talk will also take a look at the political consequences that are still felt today, 30 years after the reunification.