With assistance and funding from the German Embassy in Washington, D.C., Western Carolina University will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall through a series of presentations, activities and contests.
In post-World War II following defeat of the Nazis, the jurisdiction of Germany was divided between the democratic countries of the Allied Powers and the communist-led Soviet Union. Further division was applied to the capital city of Berlin, with the communist leadership erecting a wall between the two sectors in 1961 to prevent routine travel and defections. On Nov. 9, 1989, travel restrictions were lifted by East German (communist) leaders and jubilant citizens began to chip and tear away at the wall.
“The Berlin Wall was a physical barricade and a dark ideological symbol of oppression, and its removal was a significant historical moment,” said Will Lehman, event organizer and WCU associate professor of German. “The WCU commemoration events are meant to celebrate the vibrancy of democracy and the arts, music and culture of the reunified Germany.”
Events on campus, open to the public and free, are,
There also will be competitions for posters, speaking German and translating German, with cash prizes, on Nov. 9 in McKee Building Room 121:
Cash awards for each contest are $80 for first place, $40 second place and $30 for third place. Pre-registration is required for language contests at https://wunderbartogether-wnc.org. Poster entries must be emailed by Monday, Nov. 4, to firstname.lastname@example.org.