Exhibition theme: Protest and Flight: Closing ceremony of the regional Church Congress [47/56]

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July 9 1989
Leipzig, Scheibenholz horse race track
Created By: Roland Quester

License: Creative Commons License

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Church congress in Leipzig, July 9 1989


banderole, crowd, German Protestant Church Congress, poster


banderole, civil rights movement, democracy, demonstration, German Protestant Church Congress, police cordon, streetcar


Ministry for State Security



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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.