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Date: 15.07.2019

Peaceful Revolution


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Tracing the Peaceful Revolution

Autumn '89: the images of the prayers for peace in St. Nicholas Church and the Monday demonstrations on the inner city ring road were flashed around the world.

The decisive day for the Peaceful Revolution was 9th October 1989 in Leipzig, when 70,000 demonstrators toppled the SED regime with cries of "We are the people!" and "No violence!"

This was a moment when a piece of national history was written in Leipzig, opening the way to a reunited Germany.

On the night of 9th-10th November 1989, the Berlin Wall fell.

Every year on October 9, the citizens of Leipzig commemorate the events of 1989 with a Festival of Lights on Augustusplatz and along the historic demonstration route.
The road from Leipzig 1989 to a reunited Germany on 3rd October 1990
Leipzig Festival of Lights, October 9
Download leaflet 'The Peaceful Revolution - Historic sites in and around Leipzig' (pdf 4.1 MB)

Monuments, Museums and Locations of the Peaceful Revolution

All year round, visitors can follow in the traces of the Peaceful Revolution and visit authentic sites, e. g. the Stasi museum: The building where for 40 years the Stasi secret police had its headquarters for the district of Leipzig now houses the “Runde Ecke” Memorial Museum. Right in the former offices of the Stasi employees, you can now inform yourself about Stasi's function, methods and history. Here history is visible and palpable.

The Forum of Contemporary History Leipzig’s interactive exhibition illustrates the history of division and unification, dictatorship and resistance in the Soviet occupied zone and the GDR.
Memorial Museum in the 'Round Corner' (Stasi Museum)
Leipzig Forum of Contemporary History
Leipzig School Museum

Further Sites

  • Museum in the Stasi Bunker (Lübschützer Teiche, 04827 Machern)
    This is the location of the former alternative command post (AfüSt) of the District Administration for State Security, Leipzig. The building was camouflaged to look like a holiday centre. The central point of the complex, about 5.2 hectares big, is the bunker built in 1968-1972. In case of mobilisation, the Stasi boss of Leipzig together with his staff of about 100 would redeploy his operational post to Machern. www.runde-ecke-leipzig.de
  • Leipzig Archive of the Civic Movement (Katharinenstraße 11)
    In the permanent exhibition “Citizens on the Move” the events in Leipzig from the first openly effective protest on 15 January 1989 up to the decisive demonstration on 9 October 1989 are documented. www.archiv-buergerbewegung.de
  • Federal official responsible for Stasi documents, Leipzig branch (Dittrichring 24)
    The permanent and special exhibitions at the historic location show the almost complete monitoring, manipulating and persecuting machinery of the SED socialist dictatorship. www.bstu.bund.de
  • Former central GDR place of execution (Arndtstraße 48)
    This was located from 1960 in a separate part of the prison complex in Alfred-Kästner-Straße. Here all death penalties imposed by the GDR legislation were carried out under strict secrecy - a total of 64. The death penalty was not abolished until 1987. Tel.: +49 (0)341/9612443
  • Light Installation (St. Nicholas churchyard/Nikolaikirchhof)
    The light installation „public light – öffentliches Licht“ by the artist Tilo Schulz outside St. Nicholas Church is a metaphor for the active citizens’ determination in Leipzig. It reflects the process of situational awakening of political awareness.
  • Nicholas Column (St. Nicholas churchyard/Nikolaikirchhof)
    The artist Andreas Stötzer sets a monument to the prayers for peace with the classical column motif from the church interior. The column is a symbol representing those supporters who were not able to get into the overfilled St. Nicholas Church. The sculptor Markus Gläser designed and created the work. The bronze plate set into the paving is also designed by him. The footprints point towards Augustusplatz and symbolise unity with the feet at the Leipzig inner ring road.
Light Festival Augustusplatz; Photo: LTM-Brzoska