Sunday, 20 December 2015
R.I.P. conductor and peace promoter Kurt Masur
"The German government praised Masur for his role in 1989 as the GDR regime was threatened by mass demonstrations.
The conductor was one of the prominent Leipzig citizens to appeal for no violence as tens of thousands took to the streets.
His influence helped prevent a bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters - and the Berlin Wall fell, peacefully, within weeks.
"The unified Germany owes him an enormous debt of gratitude as a trailblazer and as guarantor of a peaceful transition to unity," said German Culture Minister Monika Gruetters.
Read the story in the BBC News