Unity Memorial

Rocking Back and Forth in the Free World

  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    It’s been almost three decades since the fall of the Wall in 1989 and reunification a year later, yet Berlin has yet to erect an appropriate monument.

  • Facts


    • In 2007 the Bundestag approved plans to build the Monument to Unity and Freedom in Berlin.
    • Last year the parliament’s budget committee halted plans to erect the memorial, citing cost overruns.
    • On Sunday, the Bundestag president gave a speech demanding that the project go ahead.
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Drawing of the planned memorial. Source: Milla & Partner

So it is going to happen after all.

Almost 10 years after Germany’s federal lawmakers approved plans to build the Monument to Freedom and Unity, the Christian Democrats, their Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union, and their coalition partners, the Social Democrats, finally put their foot down and said enough is enough.

They want the memorial to German reunification, a giant see-saw like structure that will rock back and forth, to be erected as soon as possible on the base of the former Kaiser Wilhelm National Monument in front of the reconstructed Berlin City Palace. With that, the ruling coalition has finally put an end to years of back and forth about the memorial — a debate regarded by critics as “undignified” — over what has been dubbed “the unity rocker,” “the giant unity fruit bowl” and the “unity playground for grownups.”

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