Celebrating 30 years since the Reunification of Germany
On 3rd October 1990, East Germany joined the Federal Republic, reuniting a nation that had been divided since the end of WWII.
The East German government started to falter in May 1989, when the removal of Hungary's border fence with Austria opened a hole in the Iron Curtain. It caused an exodus of thousands of East Germans fleeing to West Germany and Austria via Hungary. The Peaceful Revolution, a series of protests by East Germans, led to the GDR's first free elections on 18 March 1990, and to the negotiations between the GDR and FRG that culminated in a Unification Treaty. Other negotiations between the GDR and FRG and the four occupying powers produced the so-called "Two Plus Four Treaty" (Treaty on the Final Settlement with Respect to Germany) granting full sovereignty to a unified German state.
Our Berlin head office has hand-picked some images from our archive to illustrate this momentous event in German history!