Exhibition theme: Protest and Flight: The first large protest in Suhl [8/56]

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November 4 1989
Suhl, Steinweg
Created By: Archiv Siegfried Geißler

License: Creative Commons License

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The New Forum, Suhl, autumn 1989

A protest march with banners to Ernst-Thälmann-Platz, now Platz der Deutschen Einheit


banderole, child, crowd, demonstration


Christian Church, civil rights movement, courage, criticism, demonstration, hope, meeting, reform


New Forum



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Wahrheit / - keine - ! / Taktik

Zu viel Macht in / einer Hand / ist nicht gut für / unser Land

Rundfunk - Fernsehen / Friseur

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Ultimately, it was the citizens of the GDR themselves who brought down the SED regime. From the summer of 1989 on, thousands of East Germans tried to flee to the West across the Hungarian-Austrian border and via the West German embassies in Budapest, Prague, and Warsaw. In East Germany itself, ever greater numbers of people supported the demands of the citizens' movements for free elections, freedom of the press, and freedom to travel, despite their fear of state repression. In October, mass protests, which now involved hundreds of thousands of demonstrators, spread across the entire country. Aware that their protest could no longer be stopped, people increasingly felt a desire to capture events on film.

Original Caption

"After the prayer meeting in the two crowded churches, people set off to demonstrate on the Thälmannplatz."