19th Anniversary of German Reunification: The Berlin Wall Fell
October 3 marks the 19th anniversary of the German reunification. On October 3, 1990, Tthe German Democratic Republic (East Gemrany) joined the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany), and the Deutsche Mark replaced the East German Mark as East Germany's official currency. The process was known as die Wende (the Turning Point). Most of us remember this as the time the Berlin Wall fell.
The newly-reunified Germany then formalized its eastern border with Poland as permanent, giving up any prior claims to the East Prussia region.
Celebrations have already started, including a street-theatre performance involving giant marionettes.
The 7.5-meter (25-foot) wooden doll hanging from a crane and clad in a bright yellow rain slicker and hat launched her search Friday with the help of dozens of handlers and puppeteers.
Her 15-meter (49-foot) partner is to emerge from an inner-city harbour Saturday. The two will make their way along separate routes through Berlin before eventually uniting.
Also, the Hillel's Angels and Eurobiker motorcycle clubs began a two-wheeled toru through Germany:
The group set off on "an excursion on two wheels" through towns key to 500 years of national history ahead of the 19th anniversary on Saturday of the day West Germany and East Germany became one country again.
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