Ecumenical News International

Pastor honoured for role in protests that felled the Berlin Wall

October 07, 2009

Kassel, Germany (ENI). Leipzig Protestant pastor Christian Führer has been honoured for his autobiography that recounts how the weekly peace prayers in his parish led to the 1989  protests that contributed to the fall of communism in East Germany. Führer was awarded a special prize by the Protestant Literature Portal for his book, "Und wir sind dabei gewesen: Die Revolution, die aus der Kirche kam" ("And we were there. The revolution that came from the Church"). On 9 October, Leipzig in eastern Germany marks the 20th anniversary of tens of thousands of people taking to the streets after the prayers for what turned out to be a peaceful demonstration for change, despite fears of a Beijing-style Tiananmen Square crackdown.



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