Opening the border to neustadt: it’s been almost 30 years now

It is mainly viewers of the "generation 40 plus, which should address a calendar, which was presented now and is something special in several respects. What it's about is already shown by the place where it was presented: it's the border between bavaria and thuringia at the burnt bridge between neustadt and sonneberg.

When the 1,000 owners who can get hold of one of the freshly printed calendars open the november edition next year, it will be 30 years since the fall of the inner german border. Exactly on 12. November 1989, at 8 a.M., the first "grenzgangers" marched after decades of division across the burnt bridge from honbach to neustadt. Pictures of these scenes are among the historical images in the calendar, about which peter soyer says: "it is meant as something to be kept"."

The calendar should show that there is a well functioning cooperation between the cities across the border. Peter soyer is a member of the city council of neustadt in his hometown and managing director of the wohnbau gmbh in sonneberg, thus in person an example for the cross-border cooperation of the two cities.

"We work together with the municipal utilities in neustadt in many areas, for example in energy consulting or broadband expansion.", says peter soyer. Now also with the calendar. It has been part of wohnbau's annual program since the 1990s. For 2019, it was published for the first time together with the municipal utilities of the neighboring city.

Isolde kalter supported the issue as the city of neustadt's local historian, and heidi losansky worked on the project as press officer for wohnbau. Matthias muller from the wohnbau gmbh took over the layout.


From peace prayers in sonneberg, to the fall of the border, to the signing of german-german agreements, to aerial photos of the past and present, the calendar captures moments that can be the basis when older people want to share with younger ones their memories of a time when the pulse of history was particularly palpable in neustadt.

"We are glad that what is depicted in the calendar is history. We never want it again", says sonneberg's mayor heiko voigt (independent).

Neustadt's mayor frank rebhan (SPD) sees the calendar as "a document against forgetting". The pictures also showed "what has developed in the last 30 years on the part of the people who live here, but also from the often much-maligned politics." Next year, the two cities across the state border will host the central event for the "day of the francs" align.

The selling price of 5 euro for the calendar comments peter soyer: "we do not want to earn anything."