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2+4 = Unity: NMAD Celebrates the 30th anniversary of German Reunification

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On October 3, 1990,  the Treaty on the Final Settlement with Respect to Germany, known in diplomatic parlance as the “Two Plus Four Agreement” was signed in Moscow. This treaty paved the way for the reunification of Germany, the nation having been divided into east and west following the 1945 Potsdam Agreement at the end of World War II. The numbers in the equation represent the stakeholders in the negotiations, the two Germanys plus the four countries that had agreed upon the 1945 division – the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and the Soviet Union. The United States welcomed reunification but understood the negotiations would be a complex diplomatic exercise in trust-building, working with existing alliances, and listening to the desires of the German people. American diplomatic leadership during this time ensured that reunification could happen.

In recognition of this historic milestone, NMAD is hosting a Diplomacy Classroom that will highlight the museum’s “Signature Segment” of the Berlin Wall, as well as our online exhibit “The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall: American Diplomacy in the Cold War” that features a section on German reunification. The program will explore the diplomatic achievements that brought about German unity and share what the legacy of reunification means to the German people. The program will premiere on November 17, at 1:00pm EST. Stay tuned for more information!