The local newspapers, The Burlington County Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer, covered the event, complete with pictures of the students and their visitors from the GDR.
Later, in January 1987, the East German newspaper Neues Deutschland reported on the ceremony with pictures of the school and me, as well as a map of New Jersey showing the location of Moorestown.
A Visit from the Ambassador
During the early months of the 1987 school year, we continued to have correspondence with the East German Embassy. They requested permission for their ambassador, Gerhard Herder, to visit the school along with some students from their school in Washington. I was somewhat intimidated by the political process, but with Frank Mader’s counsel, we made the decision to go ahead with the screening of a movie, mimed by Marcel Marceau, about children breaking down barriers. The title of the movie was “The Wall.” I was sure this might offend the ambassador but he was truly a professional, even answering a question from one of our students about the wall between East and West Germany.