25 Years of German Unity
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Germany's reunification. On October 3, 1990, East Germany and West Germany reunited to form a single nation. This historic decision marked the end of the unification process, which began with the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989. Germany.info looks back not just at the joyful moments of Germany's reunification on, but also at 25 years of growing together
Twenty-five years ago marked the end of an era and the beginning of a new one: on October 3, 1990, East and West Germany were reunited into one country after four decades of division. Today, this historic date is known as German Unity Day – a national holiday that is celebrated across Germany much like Americans celebrate Independence Day.
The fact that East Germany acceded to West Germany on October 3, 1990, less than a year after the fall of the wall, is a testament to the strong leadership of the United States and its allies, the remarkable vision of the Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev and the strong will of the German people to be reunited.
Following reunification of the two German states in 1990 Germany faced a challenge that was unique in history. The aim was to bring living conditions in both East and West closer together. Twenty-five years later, much progress has been made.
On the afternoon of October 3, 1990, after a night of joyous celebrating united Germany, Chancellor Helmut Kohl received a phone call from his friend and fellow statesman President George H. W. Bush in Washington.
During the weeks leading up to the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, we will be recording the experiences of some of our colleagues. We asked each of them one question: where were you when the wall came down on November 9, 1989?
Universities across the US are participating in our 2015-2016 campus weeks campaign, in which they are paying special attention to the 25th anniversary of German reunification. Check out these photos ...
University of Rhode Island