So it was after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

So it was after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

So it was after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Höchstadt – 30 years ago the world was astonished: the Germans, known in two world wars as more military and warlike, achieved a political uprising, their reunification, peacefully and without force of arms.


The fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989 and the subsequent opening of the border with the withdrawal of the shooting order resulted in scenes of reunification that no one will forget. In addition to the de facto opening of the old communication channels, on October 3, 1990 the division also legally ended with the accession of the GDR to the Federal Republic of Germany by decision of the People’s Chamber.

Unlike June 17, 1953, when Soviet troops suppressed the workers’ uprising in the GDR with gun violence and deaths, the 550,000 soldiers remained in the GDR headquarters in 1989 on the orders of Soviet President Gorbachev.

In Höchstadt, on October 2, 1990, the eve of the official accession, reunification was celebrated with a service in the Church of Christ. The intercessions also reminded the many expelled that they probably thought longingly of their lost homeland in the course of the Nazi-instigated war.

Oak planted in the police circle

The Junge Union, at that time under the leadership of Axel Rogner, organized a public event in the police circle, where an oak tree was planted in memory. He called October 3 a day of joy and gratitude. In systems competition, democracy and the market economy have triumphed over socialism and communism.

In Hemhofen, the local council commemorated the SED victims. Words of gratitude were addressed to the brothers and sisters of the GDR and the Federal Republic who had contributed to the unification. Also to the international community that had supported him.

Used cars in short supply

In Mühlhausen, a copper beech was planted next to the caretaker’s apartment as part of a lively history lesson at school. In a festive act, in which the historical path towards reunification was also shown, an instrumental quartet of the teachers provided musical accompaniment.

The following Saturdays, Trabis appeared on the market square in Höchstadt and sold onions and GDR literature from the trunk. Several high school graduates from the Höchstadter Gymnasium were somewhat “angry” because they were waiting for a used car to pass the Abitur. However, the used car market was empty because used car dealers had sold “everything that rolled” in the former GDR. Suddenly, there were also students with a new dialect in the school classes. His parents found work here.

Association with Kranichfeld

Höchst city councilor Andreas Stark revived the old contacts from the time before the border closure, so that on April 27, 1991 the town twinning with Kranichfeld in Thuringia was established.

In 1996, the high school accepted the invitation from the Moscow suburb of Krasnogorsk and founded a school association with the support of the Martin Bauer company. In 2003, a city association even developed out of this. All the major political events that would have been inconceivable without reunification.