German Unification Symposium/Hertie Lecture 2007

The German Historical Institute cordially invites you to attend its
German Unification Symposium
on Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Reflections on Unification by Bärbel Bohley

Bärbel Bohley was one of the founders of Neues Forum, the civic movement at the forefront of East Germany’s peaceful revolution of 1989. An artist by vocation, Bohley had been expelled from the country’s Federation of Artists in 1983 and prohibited from exhibiting on account of her involvement in the independent peace and human rights movement. She repeatedly found herself in trouble with the authorities in the years that followed as she played an increasingly prominent role in calling for social and political change in East Germany. Following German unification in 1990, Bohley campaigned to give citizens access to their Stasi files.


2:00 p.m.
Kaffee und Kuchen (Dessert Reception)

2:30 p.m.
Anke Ortlepp (Deputy Director, German Historical Institute)

2:45 p.m.
Reflections on Unification
Lecture by Bärbel Bohley

Please RSVP by September 24, 2007
Phone: 202.387.3355 – Fax: 202. 387.6437 – E-mail:

The event is generously sponsored by the Hertie Foundation.

(A simultaneous translation from German into English will be provided)