German Unification 25 Years Later
A new Deutsche Welle poll surveying Germans ages 18-29 finds 90 percent think German unification was so successful it should be a model for other countries. Not surprisingly, older generations see it as a work in progress.
Across Germany and the U.S., people are talking about the effects of the unification and how it could be better. A program beginning Sunday at the University of Cincinnati is no exception.
Berliner Republik: Reflections On/Of German Unification is a three-day, free conference open to everyone.
Professor of German Studies, Richard Schade, says 13 of the 15 speeches will be in English.
Topics are diverse and include:
- Tiananmen Square and Berlin in 1989.
- Unification and Secularization of the East German Church.
- Precarious Labor Relations after 1989.
- Berlin and the BVG in Music and Music Videos.
The conference, Sunday through Tuesday, is in the Old Chemistry building on UC's campus.
In a separate event, Fairview-Clifton German Language School is also hosting a Unity Day event. It is on Wednesday.
The program, for 800 elementary students in two shifts, features song, poetry, orchestral offerings and more.