Mauerfall

27/06 Austria and Hungary open their borders – Grenzöffnung


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…

04/06 1989 Tianmen and Poland/Polen


Mahnmal in Breslau für die Opfer des Tiananmen-Massakers. Zerbrochenes Fahrrad und Panzerspuren.

Text auf deutsch   One day – two signals #otd June 4th 1989 a few things happened that might not had a direct impact on the peaceful revolution in Germany but were an important part of the overall development.   1. In Beijng military and militarized police break up the largest protests in modern-day China weiter…

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


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…

31/05 George H.W. Bush in Germany


deutsch Let Berlin be next „But the passion for freedom cannot be denied forever. The world has waited long enough. The time is right. Let Europe be whole and free.“   After a NATO summit two days earlier during which the alliance agreed on a new „comprehensive defense control strategy“ US president George Bush visits weiter…

02/05 The iron curtain becomes porous


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


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


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


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


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…