In Brief: German president praises bravery of civilians who stormed Stasi headquarters 30 years ago

In his speech commemorating the 30th anniversary, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier praised civilians who had the courage to storm Stasi headquarters on January 15, 1990 and preserve such a critical part of Germany’s heritage.

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On Wednesday, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited the former Stasi headquarters in Lichtenberg to mark an important anniversary following the collapse of the GDR.

Thirty years ago, thousands of angry citizens stormed the headquarters of the East German secret police to prevent documents from being destroyed.

Steinmeier praised the bravery of the civilians in his speech.

“We are grateful because we owe it to your courage that the Stasi documents were largely preserved and became part of our shared, albeit difficult, heritage,” Steinmeier said.

Today there are more than 110 kilometers worth of documents in the archives. Steinmeier said these files must remain accessible to future generations.

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The German Football Association (DFB) has requested to see the coaching license of Jürgen Klinsmann before Hertha BSC plays their next match on Sunday.

The newspaper Bild first broke the news of the missing license, which could affect Klinsmann’s eligibility to coach this weekend’s home game against Bayern Munich.

Klinsmann assured fans on Wednesday during a Facebook Live Q&A that there wasn’t an issue with his license. He explained it was lying in a drawer somewhere in his house in California and had already e-mailed the DFB the necessary information.

“It’s not a problem,” Klinsmann said.

According to Bild’s reporting, coaching licenses in Germany must be renewed regularly so it’s possible Klinsmann’s license has expired. The newspaper said the association and Klinsmann were working on a solution.

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