Contest: Tell Your Wende Story

With the fall season rapidly approaching, so too is the anniversary of the Wende, the German term meaning “turn” which refers to the events in October and November of 1989 which led to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the GDR.


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To mark this occasion, GDR Objectified is pleased to announce a Wende-themed contest, the winner of which will receive a copy of Leipziger Demontagebuch, a book published in the Saxon metropolis in 1990 which brings together hundreds of private photos of the demonstrations which brought East German state socialism to its knees along with a chronicle of events and a number of insightful essays (in German only!).

To learn how this piece of German history can be yours, read on . . .

GDR Objectified is looking for your Wende story, ideally a reminiscence from the period bookended by the fall 1989 – with the protests and fall of the Wall – through to the gradual dismantling of the GDR and culminating with German unification on October 3, 1990. You need not have been on the ground in Germany, a memory from that time or a story related to it is fine (my acknowledgment that some readers may be too young to have first hand recollections of this time, but perhaps still have a story to tell).

(Beiträge auf Deutsch sind herzlich willkommen! Bitte Texte nur einsenden, wenn Sie mit einer Veröffentlichung auf meinem Blog einverstanden sind. Email-Adresse finden Sie unten.)

Here’s my Wende story from an earlier post and here’s another from yesterday’s Toronto Star.

I’m going to publish the best of the submissions through the fall, so please only submit these if you’re fine with having your words appear in the blog.

If you have photo material, feel free to submit this as well.

The best submission, as judged by me, will receive a copy of Leipziger Demontagebuch.

To submit: send me your story at jpkleiner (at) with “Wende story” in the subject heading.

Deadline: November 1, 2017.


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