Profiles - East Germans Shaping Germany

In celebrating the 20th anniversary of the peaceful revolution that brought down the Wall and paved the way to German unity, we profiled several important East Germans who have shaped beyond all physical borders the cultural, intellectual and political life of postwar Germany and Europe.


The beloved Sandmännchen - a success story from the East! © picture-alliance/dpa

Freedom Without Walls: 1989-2009

Freedom Without Walls © German Embassy Washington

The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 marked the beginning of a new era in history. It was the end of the cold war, the beginning of a fully united Europe and proof that peaceful change is possible, even in the moments when it seems most unlikely.