October 28, 2017

The Significance of Germany’s Reunification Day

By Ambassador Andreas Zimmer | In October Germany is always celebrating the country’s reunification. This year it is the 27th anniversary. Most people are unaware that a unique anniversary is approaching: On August 13, 1961, the GDR began erecting the wall and on November 9, 1989, – exactly 10,315 days later – the wall came down. And soon the Wall will have been down as long as it was up. Is it really possible? Yes, it is. A German paper did the calculations and I determined that on February 5th, 2018, Berlin will have lived free of the Wall for as many days as it was forced to bear it. After 27 years of German Unity the new Germany is still in the making. Eritrea has a similar experience: 26 years of independence is a short…

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