Geschichte

27/06 Austria and Hungary open their borders – Grenzöffnung


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Text auf deutsch Horn and Muck dismantle the iron curtain After Hungary’s first steps towards an open border to its neighbour Austria were largely ignored by the general public, what happened on June 27th 1989 showed everyone, that the iron curtain wouldn’t only become permeable – it would be history pretty soon. While Hungarians were weiter…

13/06 Michail Gorbatschow in West-Germany/Staatsbesuch der BRD


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Text auf deutsch Gorbimania in the West Gorbatschow was a darling of western politicians from as early as 1986 when he first detailed his plans to „reconstruct“ the Soviet Union under the twin labels of Perestroika (~change, redesign) and Glasnost (~openness, transparency) and a lot of freedom-minded citizens in the East took this as a weiter…

02/05 The iron curtain becomes porous


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deutsch   Hungary opens its border to Austria The iron curtain ran the whole length of Europe north to south, seperating the members of the Warszaw Pact from those of the NATO in the west. Beginning in March ’89, Hungary’s government hinted at the possibility they would open their borders. On May 2nd the work weiter…

Mein 9. November – My personal Nov. 9th


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Deutsch The Day the Berlin Wall fell I always thought, that saying the Wall „fell“ sounds a bit like it crumbled and just died of all age, while in truth thousands and thousands risked their careers, their freedom and ultimately their life pushing against it. On Novemer 9th this pushing became quite literally what opened weiter…

26/04/89: Honecker about Hungary/über Ungarn


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Text auf deutsch Honecker loosing his grip on reality Just days before the border between Austria and Hungary is opened, Erich Honecker, chairman of the Zentralkomitee (Central Committee) of the Socialist Unity Party (SED) is worried about the situation with his neighbours. Using a language that’s equally stinted and oldschool he rambles on and on weiter…

05/04/89 30 Years Later: Runder Tisch/Round Table in Polen


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Text auf deutsch A new form of political dialogue At the end of the 1980s a rather new approach was making its first appearances on the stage of international high-stakes policy-making: the Round Table.  The basic idea today seems so simple, yet nobody really understood the terminology: get all stake holders together and sit them weiter…

03/04/89 30 Years Later: No more shooting/Aufhebung des Schießbefehls


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Text auf deutsch The order that never was The legal processing of the order to shoot at the Berlin Wall has been a breaking test for the unified society that was just about to emerge. A lot has been left unsaid and buried deep in some archive. Bit by bit proof and details regarding the order weiter…

21/03/89 The soviet army shrinks/Truppenreduzierung der Sowjets


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A step towards independence A key factor leading to the revolution in 1989 is Michail Gorbatschow’s doctrine, that the „brother states“ of the Warzsaw Pact will be responsible for their own destiny, meaning a) the Soviet Union won’t stand in the way of national reforms, but it b) won’t help against people „with contra-revolutionary“agendas (read: weiter…

08/03/89 Winfried Freudenberg the last victim/das letzte Opfer


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Deutsch Flight and Crash with a DIY balloon The story of Winfried Freudenberg‚s life, flight and death is a tragic example of East-German ingenuity. Born in 1956 he later studies electrical engineering in Illmenau where he meets his future wife Sabine, a chemist. Even though thouroughly rooted in their community they had difficulties accepting, that weiter…