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June 30, 2009

Remembering A Revolution

People around the world have watched and speculated about the street protests in Iran. The images have been particularly interesting for Wolfgang Kleinwachter. He was a part of the crowd in East Germany in October 1989, when protests helped lead to the tearing down of the Berlin Wall. Wolfgang remembers that, early on, the St. Nikolai Church in downtown Leipzig opened its doors to reform-minded groups. The regular Monday night meetings grew over the years, and one night in October 1989, a mass march poured from the church out into the streets, the beginning of the end of the communist government. Wolfgang himself took political and professional risks to attend the church meetings, and he marched in the famous Candlelight Revolution that October evening. He joins Dick Gordon from Germany to recount those radical days almost 20 years ago, and the parallels he sees with the young people who took to the streets in Iran.

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