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The Week in Germany - October 3, 2020
October 3, 2020
30 years of German Unity

Dear Friends of Germany,

On October 3, 1990, barely one year after the fall of the Berlin Wall, East and West Germany reunited. 

The trust and friendship of our neighbors and allies, first and foremost the US, helped bring about this unique success story. We will never forget America’s support – from the Berlin Airlift, to John F. Kennedy’s “Ich bin ein Berliner,” to Ronald Reagan’s “Tear down this wall,” to the George H.W. Bush administration’s trust that made German reunification possible.

Thirty years later, we celebrate that historic day and say, “Danke!” to the American people.

Please come join me in celebrating the Day of German Unity, this October 3, at 1 p.m., as I take you on a virtual tour of the German-American milestones marking the way to this historic moment.

With very best wishes,

Emily Haber

German Ambassador to the United States

Join Ambassador Emily Haber for a journey through time
Join Ambassador Emily Haber for a journey through time
Ambassador Haber recalls milestones in German-American friendship leading to German reunification on October 3, 1990. Video premieres at 1 p.m. ET on October 3.
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A special message from our Consuls General on German Unity Day
A special message from our Consuls General on German Unity Day
From the beaches of Miami, our Consuls General have a special message as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of German unity. Premiering on October 3.
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Greetings from former US Secretary of State James Baker
Greetings from former US Secretary of State James Baker
James Baker III served as Secretary of State under George H.W. Bush and in this role was instrumental in German reunification in 1990. Here, he congratulates us on the 30th anniversary of reunification. Video premieres October 3.
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Message from Foreign Minister Heiko Maas
Message from Foreign Minister Heiko Maas
Read a special message from Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on the occasion of German Unity Day.
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German national anthem
German national anthem
We are pleased to present the world-renowned Gewandhausorchester Leipzig playing the German national anthem.
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European anthem
European anthem
Enjoy this presentation of the European anthem by the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig.
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Finding love during German reunification: My East-West relationship
Finding love during German reunification: My East-West relationship
I first met my "East German" in 1989. As an East-West couple, we got to know our newly united country during reunification from its good sides, and its less attractive sides, too. Sometimes in the most embarrassing way.
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A process without historical precedent
A process without historical precedent
Germany has been reunited since October 3, 1990. The peaceful revolution of the people in the GDR had brought down the Wall that had divided Germany into east and west.
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Why is the third of October a public holiday?
Why is the third of October a public holiday?
This is the day on which Germany celebrates its reunification. Find out how this came to pass, and what happened 30 years ago.
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Overcoming the division
Overcoming the division
The new order in Europe was sealed when Germany reunified. Discover the most important background facts here.
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