Berlin Alexanderplatz - Netflix

Type: Scripted

Languages: German

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 1980-10-12

Berlin Alexanderplatz - Alexanderplatz demonstration - Netflix

The Alexanderplatz demonstration (German: Alexanderplatz-Demonstration) was a demonstration for political reforms and against the government of the German Democratic Republic on Alexanderplatz in East Berlin on 4 November 1989. With between half a million and a million protesters it was one of the largest demonstrations in East German history and a milestone of the peaceful revolution that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall and German reunification. The demonstration was organized by actors and employees of theaters in East Berlin. It was the first demonstration in East German history that was organized by private individuals and was permitted to take place by the authorities. The speakers during the demonstration were members of the opposition, representatives of the regime and artists, and included the dissidents Marianne Birthler and Jens Reich, the writer Stefan Heym, the actor Ulrich Mühe, the former head of the East German foreign intelligence service Markus Wolf and Politburo member Günter Schabowski.

Berlin Alexanderplatz - Banners - Netflix

The most often and commonly used protest slogan of the Monday demonstrations as well as the Alexanderplatz demonstration was “We are the people” (German: Wir sind das Volk) which became “We are one people” (German: Wir sind ein Volk) after the fall of the Berlin Wall, thus changing the nature of the demonstrations. Many other slogans and banners have been documented by photographs and by an exhibition in the Deutsches Historisches Museum:

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