The Wall Project: Crossing Borders 1989-2009

The Wall is demolished!



DAAD Information Center Johannesburg

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, the DAAD has planned a series of events which will take place at Wits from 7th September to 9th October.

The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 brought about profound changes in both European and global politics, changing the very nature of the world in which we live today.

The wall symbolised, and upheld, the Cold War between East and West. Its demolition opened the way for European integration, and its fall was quickly followed by the announcement by former SA president FW de Klerk on 2 February 1990 that Nelson Mandela would be unconditionally released from prison. This was the first crack in the official wall of apartheid. South Africa, and the world, has never been the same since.

The Wall Project: Crossing Borders 1989-2009 commemorates these momentous events, reopening questions about real or virtual walls with which we are still confronted today.

The project is organised by the DAAD Information Centre situated at Wits and is a part of the Transnational Legacies research focus in the School of Literature and Language Studies. It is supported by the Vice Chancellor’s Office, the DAAD, and the Wits Faculty of Humanities. The Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment and the Wits School of Arts are additional partners. 

The centre piece of this project will be a life-size replica of the wall which will be built in front of the Great Hall.  Public lectures, events, performances, and information will also be given in order to create an open public debate. An exhibition on the re-unification of Germany will also take place in the concourse of Senate House.

If you would like to get involved in any of these events, or if you would like to receive further information on the project, please contact the DAAD Information Centre:

DAAD office
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
East campus
Senate House, 3rd floor, rooms 3171/3151
 phone   +27/11/717 9332  
mail daad[at]

DAAD office