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Art Exhibit at UNB commemorates the 30-year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall

Author: UNB Newsroom

Posted on Nov 22, 2019

Category: myUNB , UNB Fredericton

The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 signified the end of the Cold War era. For Germany, it meant the chance to reunify after 40 years of division in West and East Germany.

In honour of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Peaceful Revolution in Germany on Nov. 9, 1989, UNB’s department of culture and media studies is presenting an exhibition in commemoration of this event.

“The Wall: A Border Through Germany” is a photo exhibition of the history of the German Democratic Republic’s Regime’s along the Berlin Wall and the inner-German border. Produced and published by the Federal Foundation for the Study of Communist Dictatorship in East Germany and German newspapers BILD and DIE WELT, the exhibition aims to serve as an educational tool, a celebration of democracy, and as a reminder of the division faced by the country and East Berliners.

UNB German studies professor Dr. Anette Guse hosted the official opening of the exhibition.

“In our world of political unrest and conflict, this is an inspiring story of a fight for freedom and democracy through peaceful revolution,” she said. “The division caused by years of East German dictatorship caused great pain and presented some real challenges for the people of both East and West Germany. It is a story of resilience and rebirth that must be remembered and celebrated.”

The 20-poster exhibition, sponsored by the faculty of arts and the departments of history at both UNB and St. Thomas University, as well as UNB’s department of culture and media studies, will be available for viewing in the Tilley Hall foyer until Feb.1, 2020.

Media contact: Hilary Creamer Robinson