Banner from the demonstration in Berlin on 9 December 1989, 1989 © DHM

Banner from the demonstration in Berlin on 9 December 1989, 1989

The sign was used in December 1989 during a demonstration in Berlin. Featuring a black-red-gold colour scheme, it shows the outline of the two German states minus the frontier between the GDR and the Federal Republic.

Written above it in white paint is the slogan ‘Wir sind ein Volk’ (We are one people). Immediately after the fall of the Berlin Wall, inspired by first-hand experiences of the temptations of the West’s market economy and the civil liberties enjoyed there, and encouraged by the effusive promises made by West German politicians, forces pushing for the swift unification with the Federal Republic won the upper hand.

The banner documents the shift in the mood of demonstrators from demands for political change and democratization in the GDR prior to the fall of the Wall (‘Wir sind das Volk!’/We are the people!) to demands for reunification after it.