Department of Germanic Studies


Department celebrates the 20th anniversary of the “Fall of the Berlin Wall” on November 9.

Mon, November 9, 2009 | South Plaza in front of the UT Tower

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Berlin Wall
Berlin Wall

The 9th of November is a highly complicated date in Germany. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the “Fall of the Berlin Wall,” but it is also the anniversary of the Night of Broken Glass or “Kristallnacht,” the Nazi program against Jews that took place across Germany in 1938. On November 9th we want to build a WALL OF CHANGE not only to celebrate the Fall of the Berlin Wall 1989 but also to remember victims of discrimination and violence.

We invite you to create an element of this “Wall.” Each element will be a white cardboard box on which you will draw a piece of “graffiti” about something that you think needs changing in our world today (e.g. war, human rights abuses, violence, environmental pollution, racism, intolerance, etc.).

To participate in the construction of the WALL OF CHANGE you need to create your “element” in advance of the event. Then between 5:15 and 5:45 p.m. on November 9th you can help to construct the wall in front of the UT tower. Following the construction we will have a moment of silence combined with a candle‐lighting ceremony to remember the anti‐Semitic pogrom of Kristallnacht and to point to the fact that more work and constant vigilance are required to achieve change and make the worldbetter, more peaceful, and more just. After this we will dismantle the wall as a celebration of the “Peaceful Revolution” of 1989. This event is open to the public.

WHERE TO GET YOUR BOX? All boxes must be the same shape/size (16”x10”x12”) and have a lid (for stability). You can find your own box or stop by the Germanic Studies Department to pick one up: they are stacked next to the door of BUR 324.

WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR BOX? Box Preparation: You will first need to cover the two long sides (16” wide x 10” high), including the sides of the lid, with white paper. Then please leave one side completely white. The Berlin Wall was completely white on the East side. Only the West side was accessible and therefore full of graffiti.

Graffiti: Then think about what message you would most like to include in our “Wall of Change.” On one of the long sides (16” wide x 10” high) create your piece of “graffiti” about a contemporary issues that needs to be addressed in the world today. You can include images and/or words, but please refrain from inappropriate imagery or writing in your graffiti. We want to make a positive statement with this “Wall of Change.”

Sponsored by the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, Department of Government, Department of History, Center for European Studies, and Center for Russian, East‐European, and Eurasian Studies

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