Members of the East German Opposition and Civil Rights Movement of 1989

We Stand by You 

Dear friends,

It is with great confidence, although mixed with fear and concern, that we are watching you from afar. With admiration and deep felt sympathy we witness your struggle for freedom and self-determination.

Just like the nuns and monks are leaving their monasteries to carry the torch of freedom to society in Burma today, we as East German Christians and dissidents carried the protest out of the churches into the streets and to the people of the GDR in 1989. When we see you, we see ourselves, and we want to assure you that we are hoping and fearing with you, even though you have to fight on your own.

We have experienced what can happen when protest leaves the sanctuaries and steps out into the crowd. A sense of unity, of “one people” develops, an idea becomes a common vision and moves, hopefully, all the people.

Having been dissidents and civil rights activists in the former GDR we have experienced the dangers ourselves and we are shocked to see that our hopes for a peaceful revolution - like the one we were so fortunate to take part in ­- will not come true in your country without victims. The first freedom seekers are dead, and we mourn for them. And many are wounded, in jail or under house arrest. But in great need also the power of resistance grows: your determination to change things, your love for freedom and the hope for free elections in Burma are alive.

We are calling at you: “For an open country with free people” – this rally cry of ours stood at the beginning of the Monday demonstrations in Lipsia, Berlin, and in all of East Germany that led to the fall of the wall and the dictatorship here. And in the same way your cry for freedom shall become reality, even if the price that you are asked to pay could be much higher.

We will support you with our thoughts and prayers. We will see to it that your protest is heard as far as our voices carry. May you find strength to persevere and bring your peaceful uprising to a successful end.


Members of the East German opposition and civil rights movement of 1989

 (5.10.2007):

Edda Ahrberg, Cobbel

Heinz Bächer, Jena (ehem. Leipzig)
Christine Alder-Bächer, Jena (ehem. Leipzig)
Ines Berthel, Berlin (ehem. Jena)
Andreas Bertram, Pfarrer, Königshain (ehem. Leipzig)
Stephan Bickhardt, Markkleeberg (ehem. Naumburg, Berlin)
Kathrin Bickhardt-Schulz, Markkleeberg (ehem. Leipzig)
Marianne Birthler, Berlin
Martin Böttger, Chemnitz
Heidi Bohley, Halle
Roland Brauckmann, Berlin

Arne Draeger, Rostock

Frank Ebert, Berlin
Renate Ellmenreich, Mainz (ehem. Jena)

Siegmar Faust, Reichenberg (ehem. Dresden)
Hans-Jürgen Fischbeck, Joachimsthal (ehem. Berlin)

Katharina Gajdukowa, Cölbe (ehem. Berlin)
Wolfgang Geffe, Jena
Joachim Goertz, Pfarrer, Berlin

Christian Halbrock, Berlin
Katrin Hattenhauer, Berlin (ehem. Leipzig)
Gerold Hildebrand, Berlin
Manfred Hildebrandt, Berlin (ehem. Jena)
Ralf Hirsch, Berlin
Dorothea Höck, Erfurt (ehem. Berlin)
Gabriele Hulitschke, Berlin (ehem. Jena)
Michael Hugo, Rostock (ehemals Chemnitz /Karl-Marx-Stadt und Weimar)

Johann-Georg Jaeger, Rostock
Carl Jesche, Leipzig

Gisela Kallenbach, EU-Abgeordnete/ Member of EP, Leipzig
Freya Klier, Berlin
Oliver Kloss, Leipzig
Dr. Ilko-Sascha Kowalczuk, Berlin
Fred Kowasch, Berlin (ehem. Leipzig)

Thomas Lange, Rostock
Uwe Lehmann, Dresden (ehem. Berlin)
Vera Lengsfeld, Berlin
Dr. Ruth Leiserowitz (Kibelka), Vilnius/Berlin
Doris Liebermann, Berlin (ehem. Jena)
Heiko Lietz, Schwerin (ehem. Güstrow

Dietmar Matzke, Borna
Ludwig Mehlhorn, Berlin
Schorsch Meusel, Werdau

Thomas Pilz, Großhennersdorf
Jens Planer-Friedrich, Berlin
Ulrike Poppe, Berlin
Lorenz Postler, Berlin

Utz Rachowski, Reichenbach im Vogtland
Lutz Rathenow, Berlin (ehem. Jena)
Siegfried Reiprich, Berlin
Frank Richter, Leipzig
Thomas Rudolph, Leipzig

Udo Scheer, Stadtroda
Christiane Schidek, Berlin
Bert Schlegel, Berlin
Matthias Schlegel, Berlin
Rupert Schröter-Chetrit, Berlin
Uwe Schwabe, Leipzig
Hans Simon, Pfarrer i.R der Zionsgemeinde, Berlin

Wolfgang Templin, Kiew/Berlin
Karsten Troyke, Berlin

Esther-Marie Ullmann-Goertz, Berlin

Bettina Wegner, Berlin
Claudia Wegner, Berlin
Christoph Wonneberger, Pfarrer i.R., Leipzig

Michaela Ziegs, Leipzig
Evelyn Zupke, Winsen/Luhe (ehem. Berlin)

Sowie das / As well as the
Martin-Luther-King-Zentrum für Gewaltfreiheit/ Martin-Luther-King-Center for Nonviolence, Werdau

5. Oktober 2007