The Miracle of Leipzig

Join us for a very special retrospective of the 25th anniversary of the end of the Cold War. The program will begin with a brief performance by musicians of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, followed by an excerpt of “The Miracle of Leipzig,” a film highlighting the peaceful protest of more than 70,000 people in Leipzig, Germany, whose chants of “We are the people!” and nonviolent demands for freedom paved the way for the fall of the Berlin Wall one month later on Nov. 9, 1989. The film excerpt will be followed by a panel discussion on this historic demonstration and the impact of the end of the Cold War. After a question-and-answer session, the evening will conclude with a reception.

This event is a prelude to a Nov. 3, 2014, performance by the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra at the Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, presented by the Houston Symphony and the Houston-Leipzig Sister City Association in conjunction with the City of Houston and the German Consulate General in Houston. The concert marks the first performance of a five-city tour of the United States to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany. Former President George H.W. Bush and former Secretary of State James A. Baker, III, are the honorary chairs for the Houston performance. For tickets and more information about the concert, please visit or call 713.224.7575.

There is no charge for this event. RSVP by Friday, Oct. 31.



Todd Becker
Former Consul General of the United States in Leipzig

Peter C. Caldwell, Ph.D.
Samuel G. McCann Professor of History, Rice University

Rainer Eckert, Ph.D.
Director, Leipzig Forum of Contemporary History


Opening Remarks

The Honorable J.D. Bindenagel
Former Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy in East Berlin



Allen Matusow, Ph.D.
Director of Academic Affairs, Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy
William Gaines Twyman Professor of History, Rice University





Group(s): Baker Institute


Sun, Nov. 2, 2014
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

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James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston, Texas 77005
United States

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