On the frontlines of history

Fall of the Berlin Wall during an official visit to Warsaw

Prime Minister Mazowiecki and Chancellor Kohl at the airport

In Part 2 of our series 'On the frontlines of history' Ambassador Rüdiger von Fritsch remembers the events of 9 November 1989, when Chancellor Kohl was visiting Warsaw. more

“Years have to pass before you can start to come to terms with it”

Wall of remembrance with the names of the dead

20 years on from the start of the genocide in Rwanda, our colleague Bernhard Abels looks back on his posting in Kigali for our 'On the frontlines of history' series. more

The last GDR Ambassador in Paris

State Secretary Stephan Steinlein

On 4 July 1990, Stephan Steinlein became the last GDR Ambassador in Paris. Today he is State Secretary at the Federal Office and takes a look back. more

The end of the Milošević era

Mass demonstration against Milošević

On 5 October 2000 around one hundred thousand people poured into the Serbian capital Belgrade to topple the country’s powerholder Milošević. Our colleague Joachim Schmidt was in the city that day ... more

Thirty-five very long seconds: Recalling the earthquake of 12 January 2010 in Haiti

A picture of destruction: a slum in the mountains above Port-au-Prince after the earthquake

On 12 January 2010, Haiti was struck by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake. The then German Ambassador in Port‑au‑Prince, Jens-Peter Voss, recalls the earthquake and its immediate aftermath. more

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