The Communist regime was prepared for everything “except candles and prayers.” East Germany’s peaceful 1989 revolution showed that societies that don’t reform, die.
Katrin BennholdThe fall of the Berlin Wall was one of the most moving episodes in recent history.
It was also an accident of history -- one that changed the world.
One humbling lesson for today: Societies that don't reform, die.
My report (with amazing historic photos)
It was, and largely remains, a taboo to suggest that West Germany had anything to learn from the East.
Katrin BennholdWhy my parents opposed German reunification.
I wrote this column for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. But if anything, the lessons from the East we westerners missed then are still missing now
Thirty years after Germany’s unification, nearly 500 readers shared with us what it means to be German.
Katrin BennholdIn addition to the voices in my story, we collected 500 answers from Germans and immigrants in Germany about how they think about their identity — and how they navigate the simmering tensions in their country. Here is a summary
The German authorities suspect the well-planned killing of a former Chechen separatist in Berlin was carried out by a Russian hit man released from prison for that purpose.
Katrin BennholdA Russian gunman. A murder in Berlin. An email pointing to Moscow. Western intel services are confounded: Is this the latest state-sanctioned killing of a Russian foe on European soil or a disinfo campaign -- or both. Our report with @mschwirtz and @trbrtc
Four years after Germany took in over one million migrants, integration is quietly working, one village at a time.
Katrin Bennhold“The Syrians saved our school.” Four years after Germany welcomed over a million refugees, integration is quietly working, one village at a time. My report from one East German village that overcame its fear and never looked back