Nobel Peace Laureate Lech Walesa presents the Cinema for Peace Dove by Ai Weiwei to President Gorbachev. German Presidents Wulff (left), Steinmeier and Köhler thanked Gorbachev for a peaceful revolution.
Berlin / Moscow – 30 years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall all of Germany, luminaries from all over the world praised Mikhail Gorbachev. As the last leader of the Soviet-Union can not travel anymore, a small delegation travelled with the help of Cinema for Peace to Moscow as “Friends of Gorby”:
The former Federal President of Germany Christian Wulff, Dr. Michael Otto as a representative of German civil society, artists such as the Scorpions and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Lech Walesa, payed tribute to the Godfather of the fall of the Wall, of German and European unity – and the biggest peaceful revolution in human history.
The current Federal President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier, submitted a personal letter for this occasion, former Federal President Horst Köhler, sent a recorded Thank You-message. Gorbachev himself spoke at the meeting of a citizens revolution: “The Germans did not stop going on the streets and demonstrating until the Wall finally fell.” This was a huge surprise, because at that time he, Chancellor Kohl and Foreign Minister Genscher thought that this was an issue “for the next millennium”.
Photography and text By Cinema for Peace Foundation.