Days of October: The Role of the Church in East Germany’s “Peaceful Revolution”

Martin Henker

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 7/1/2013

Issue: Prophets and Politicians (Vol. 33, No 3, Summer, 2013)

In the fall of 1989, citizens of Dresden, Leipzig, and other East German cities participated in nonviolent protests and demonstrations against their Communist regime. Their “Peaceful Revolution” contributed directly to the opening of the border between East and West Germany, the collapse of the Berlin Wall, and the reunification of Germany in 1990. Churches in East Germany provided essential support and meeting places for the protesters. In this article, Martin Henker reports on these events as an eyewitness and a participant.

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