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UMass Amherst- Commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall Begins

AMHERST, Mass. - A semester-long series of events marking the historic fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 is being presented at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

UMass Amherst is one of 28 campuses across the United States chosen by the German government to receive support for "campus weeks" commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 1989 turning point in German history-the Wende-that led to the unification of Germany. Last year, German Ambassador Klaus Scharioth invited UMass Chancellor Robert C. Holub to submit plans to mark the anniversary. A proposal submitted by Barton Byg and Skyler Arndt-Briggs of German and Scandinavian studies and Jon Olsen of the history department was selected in April. More...