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October 22, 1999

Videos Trace West Germany, Fall of the Wall

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls German club and modern language department is showing an informational video series to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) and 10 years since the Berlin Wall was torn down.

The video series is free and open to the public. It will continue through the middle of December. There will be two showings of each video in Room 238 of the UW-RF Kleinpell Fine Arts Building with an accompanying question and answer session.

The dates, times and video are as follows:

Nov. 8, 2 p.m.; Nov. 9, 6 p.m.: The Evolution of the Inner German Border.

Nov. 15, 2 p.m.; Nov. 16, 6 p.m.: The German Expressionist Emil Nolde, and Memories of the artist Kathe Kollwitz.

Dec. 6, 2 p.m.; Dec. 7, 6 p.m.: Conscientious Objectors in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Dec. 13, 2 p.m.; Dec. 14, 6 p.m.: The Fate of the German Parliament Building (Das Reichstagsgebaude).

Until the Wall was built in August 1961, the Berlin subway transported citizens from both countries back and forth with some of them not looking back.

Three million East Germans already had left the east via subway or different routes by August of 1961 when the subway was shut down and the Wall was created. Attempting to flee westward, some 260 persons were slain before the Wall came down on Nov. 9, 1989.

In addition to depicting the hardships citizens faced after the Wall was built, the video series will give an historical overview of the Federal Republic of Germany from its birth to its presence today.

For more information contact Peter Johansson in the modern languages department at 715/ 425-3896

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