German Native Speaks To UMD About the Anniversary Of The Fall Of The Berlin Wall

November 9th marks the 30th anniversary.

DULUTH, Minn. – November marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the start of the city’s peace revolution for freedom.

A former German native spoke to UMD students and faculty.

He shared his story about growing up in East Berlin and the struggles his family faced during the climate of the government at that time.

At the age of 17, he was able to witness the falling of the wall, which was something he never thought would happen.

“I didn’t believe that it was real. To me the Berlin wall meant death,” said Michael Furchert. “You could not approach it from the East. You would get shot or barb wires, electrical fences, and land mines in the ground, armed guards security towers all day and night.”

Furchert expresses, “this was our life and the dictator had just announced the wall would stand for another 100 years. So that promise meant I would not see freedom in my lifetime.”

To commemorate the anniversary UMD will also host a movie showing for the German film called the Legend of Paul and Paula at the West Theater on Sunday at 4:30 pm.

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