Barbara J. Elliott remembers the fall of the Berlin Wall, and draws attention to the individuals who, through faith and love, made this momentous event possible. Having interviewed many of those who were imprisoned, beaten, ostracized, and forced underground during the rule of the communist regime, Professor Elliott tells with passion the stories of the triumph of these tireless souls. They were the ones who chased away the darkness with the light of their hope. They were, as Barbara Elliott so aptly puts it, the candles behind the wall.

This address was originally delivered at the Free Enterprise Institute’s 43rd Annual Founders’ Day Breakfast (October 2019).

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