Day of German Unity

New Year's Eve Celebration 1989 at the Brandenburg Gate

On December 12, 1989, several hundreds of thousands of people from East and West Germany joined in a joyous united New Year's Eve celebration at the Brandenburg Gate for the first time since the Berlin wall had been built. The picture shows people sitting on the wall, with fireworks in the background., © dpa


Dear friends, liebe Landsleute,

Thirty years ago, on October 3, 1990, the German Unification Treaty, which settled the accession of the German Democratic Republic to the Federal Republic of Germany, finally came into effect. As a result, Germany was officially reunified after more than four decades of separation. Throughout the complex process leading to unification, Germany could always rely on the firm and enthusiastic support from our closest allies, notably the United States of America, and from all over the world. We in Germany were deeply moved by the warm congratulations and good wishes from numerous governments and individuals. Cheering crowds waving German flags in front of German missions abroad and other spontaneous heartfelt reactions from the international community were simply overwhelming.

This year, the Consulate General in Los Angeles and the German Embassy in Washington, D.C., are celebrating Unity Day online. On October 3, you can find a variety of content on this website as well as our social media accounts (@GermanConsulateLA and @GermanyinUSA).

My team and I wish you and your families all the best.

Truly yours,
Stefan Schneider, Consul General

Consul General Stefan Schneider's Visit to the Wende Museum in Los Angeles on the Occasion of the Day of German Unity

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