Triumph of Liberty Conference & Gala Dinner
Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall
November 8, 2019
His Excellency Joachim Gauck, Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom Recipient
Raised in former East Germany, Joachim Gauck became involved in the anticommunist opposition from an early age. As a Lutheran pastor behind the Iron Curtain, he led weekly prayers for peace that helped initiate popular resistance to the communist regime and eventually gave rise to the protest demonstrations in 1989. A co-founder of the New Forum opposition movement, Gauck was elected to the first free East German parliament in 1990 and oversaw the dissolution of the Ministry of State Security. From 1991 to 2000, he served as federal commissioner of the Stasi Records Agency. From 2002 to 2017, he served as the 11th president of the Federal Republic of Germany. Since 2017, he has been honorary chairman of the German organization Gegen Vergessen - Für Demokratie (“Against Oblivion - For Democracy”). Click here for full biography.