The Berlin International Human Rights Congress (BIHRC)

"Human Rights and Democracy in a Globalized World - Moving Towards an International Consensus"

(Berlin; October 1st - 4th, 2010)

Human Rights Introduction

October 7, 1989

40 year anniversary of the DDR

October 4th, 1989 marks the forty-year anniversary of communism in the DDR. However, by this point, a groundswell of support has spread throughout the East, and communism is quickly coming to an end. The forced celebration results in more protests among the people as many of the oppressors are arrested. Many view this day as the ‘turning point’ to unify as Germany. German author Martin Jankowski, who lived in Leipzig during the anniversary, wrote a book about the events called “The day that changed Germany”.