November 6, 2014

Contact: Ashley Simmons, Office of the Mayor
(704) 336-3438​

CHARLOTTE, NC — Mayor Dan Clodfelter joined Davidson College in celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall November 5. 
Clodfelter, a Davidson alumnus, attended a special keynote address by Professor Kurt Biedenkopf, an elder statesman of Germany’s reunification who was also Davidson’s first German exchange student after World War II.
Biedenkopf attended Davidson in 1949-50 and went on to become one of the leading German statesmen of the last 50 years. After the fall of the Berlin Wall and reunification of Germany, he was the first minister-president of the revived Free State of Saxony, serving until 2002.
“It was great to spend time with Dr. Beidenkopf, his family, and mark this important moment in world history,” said Clodfelter. “Charlotte has strong ties to Germany and this event provided a strong reminder of the history, while also celebrating the future.”
Charlotte's German Honorary Consul Klaus Becker and Davidson President Carol Quillen also attended Biedenkopf's public keynote address.
Construction and destruction of a mock "Berlin Wall" on the Davidson campus-complete with spray – paint cans for graffiti by passersby –served as a "concrete" centerpiece (made of particle board), in each of the events held to commemorate the real wall's fall 25 years ago.
“Fall of the Berlin Wall: 25 Years On" was supported by the German Embassy, the German Honorary Consul's NC Zeitgeist Foundation, the American Council on Germany, Lufthansa German Airlines, and the German Studies Department at Davidson College.