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German Unification

Lessons of the Berlin Wall's Forgotten Aftermath

Tim Stone | Posted 11.10.2014 | World
Tim Stone

Though the Wende, or "Change," freed the East German people from over forty years of Stalinist dictatorship, remembering the forgotten side of German unification -- when right-wing hooligans waged thousands of attacks on defenseless foreigners -- provides a cautionary tale of failed leadership.

Rocking the Wall -- The Berlin Concert that Changed the World

Erik Kirschbaum | Posted 11.07.2014 | Books
Erik Kirschbaum

Whether or not you believe that Springsteen's concert really had something to do with the fall of the Wall depends on how much you believe in the power of rock and roll. But I think what is beyond doubt is that the concert is a glorious example of the influence that rock can have on people who are hungry and ready for change.

German Unity: Lessons for the 21st Century

Robert Hormats | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Hormats

In 1990, German unity was not inevitable. But the determination of the German people, under the leadership of Chancellor Helmut Kohl made unification possible within one year of the fall of the Wall.