On December 19, 1989, Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl visited the city of Dresden to meet with Prime Minister Hans Modrow. During his visit, Kohl delivered a speech on Dresden’s Altmarkt [Old Market Square], where he was enthusiastically greeted by tens of thousands of East German citizens, who voiced their hope for a speedy reunification with shouts of “Helmut, Helmut.” At the same time, the SED-PDS was holding a rally in East Berlin. There, party chairman Gregor Gysi advocated the independence of the German Democratic Republic.

Helmut Kohl in Dresden (December 19, 1989)


Source: Rally with Helmut Kohl in Dresden, December 19, 1989. Photographer: Matthias Hiekel. Allgemeiner Deutscher Nachrichtendienst - Zentralbild (Bild 183), Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-1989-1219-028, available from Wikimedia Commons, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bundesarchiv_Bild_183-1989-1219-028,_Dresden,_Einwohner_zur_Kundgebung_mit_Helmut_Kohl.jpg