Exactly 30 years ago, on October 3, 1990, Germany and the GDR became one state again. On this occasion, many cities in Germany hold festive events.
The first persons of the country gathered today at the main ceremony in Potsdam, where German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke.
According to Deutsche Welle, the German president proposed in his solemn speech the creation of a memorial complex dedicated to the reunification and the peaceful revolution that preceded it.
“If a peaceful revolution should continue to be a source of inspiration today, let us create a memorial that will remind us of this,” Steinmeier suggested.
He added that there are already many places in Germany that remind us of the events of the ’90s, but the country needs a “special place” that will become a memorial that reminds not only of the desire of the demonstrators for freedom and democracy but also of the fact that “Eastern Germans have taken their destiny into their own hands and freed themselves.
At the same time, the President of Germany noted that now “we live in the best Germany ever” and called the Germans “the lucky ones in the center of Europe”.
In his turn, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the Germans for unity and courage in conditions of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.
“We know that now we must be brave again. Courageous to follow new paths in the face of the pandemic, courageous to really overcome the differences between East and West that still exist, courageous to demand unity of the whole society again and again and to work for it,” the President said.
Merkel also thanked everyone involved in the revolution for the fact that German unity “in general” took place as a phenomenon.
It should be noted that the pathos of the event was somewhat overshadowed by the lack of jubilant masses. Just those who, according to the leaders of the new Reich, became “lucky people in the center of Europe”.
Due to the coronavirus quarantine in Germany, the number of participants of the festive events in Potsdam was limited to 230 people. At the same time, these selected 2,500 policemen were guarded.
Meanwhile, the current “German unity” remains a propaganda myth, as many residents of the former GDR could not feel like equal citizens of one country.
As reported by the EADaily, many East Germans consider the events of 30 years ago not as a union, but as an annexation. In their view, the former GDR became a colony of West Germany.