Exhibition theme: Protest and Flight: The symbolic funeral procession of the SED [27/56]

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December 12 1989 - March 20 1990
Created By: Rudolf Bartsch

License: Not Creative Commons


car, coffin, flower, group of people, protest sign


Socialist Unity Party of Germany



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SED / Faschismus / Sozialismus / Kommunismus / Nein / Soziale Demokratie / Ja!

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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.