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Federal Foreign Office

“I’ve come to inform you that today your departure…” The rest of the speech of the then Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher was delivered in autumn 1989 in frenetic jubilation and the “Freedom! Freedom” cries of the nearly 4,000 GDR citizens who had sought refuge in the building and garden of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Prague.

When these women, men, and children began their journey by train from Prague to a new life in the West, this was a milestone on the road to the fall of the Wall – and a milestone for the diplomacy of our country. With moving images, the light installation on the façade of the Federal Foreign Office recalled the exciting days of 1989, the end of German division and the power of freedom.

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