November 9, 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, which served as a catalyst for change within Germany and Europe and throughout the post-Soviet space. The historic events of the autumn of 1989 have had an enduring impact on the world as we know it.
Between October 8 and November 18, the ACG will organize a series of discussions focused on the 30th anniversary of the Peaceful Revolution and the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Discussion and reception with Tobias David, Chief-of-Staff to the Lord Mayor of Leipzig, on “Remembering the Fall of the Berlin Wall: From German Unity to a New Beginning.”
Tobias David, born in 1973, grew up in Leipzig (former GDR/East Germany) and spent most of his school years under the conditions of the GDR dictatorship. Even as a teenager he was involved in opposition groups under the protection of the Catholic Church and became politically active early on. The Peaceful Revolution of 1989, driven by the peace and civil rights movement, had a lasting impact on his life.
After studying political science and communication, he worked for many years as managing director of a communications agency. In 2004 he moved to the Saxon State Parliament as advisor to the Vice-President. Since 2008 he has been the closest strategic advisor to the Mayor of the City of Leipzig. The Peaceful Revolution of 1989 – which ultimately led to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany – began in Leipzig. Today Leipzig is not only one of the largest cities in Germany but also the fastest growing German city.