A stroke of fate changed history The rise and fall of the Berlin Wall 2 days ago   05:13

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A stroke of fate changed history: on November 9, 1989 a member of the politburo announced at a press conference that East Germans would be free to travel. He mistakenly said they would take immediate effect, prompting a breathtaking 24 hours that changed history.
The new travel regulations were intended only to calm the increasingly tense situation, with citizens leaving East Germany for the West in droves via third countries. The resulting chain of events led to the fall of the Wall.

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אריאל גולני
well done
Mihail Stoyanov
People in Europe and in Berlin still do not understand what this man did for all of us. Not sure if it was a mistake or brave decision of him.
Ha ha ha great! Love this man. RIP Gunter.
Peter Newman
My German Mother was born in Rostock and her and my German Grandma left Rostock after the Soviets kicked them out of their home in 1945 and they traveled to a town near Hamburg The wall coming down was one of the happiest days of my life and I couldn’t really believe what was happening and we were re United with long estranged relatives whom we could visit.
Richard Lawson
Socialist, not communist!!!
Camille Roman
WOW!!! Good thing he didn't read it before the conference bc if he did read it, then he would have had an answer probably like "in a couple of months".
Cirugía de Mano
having spent some weeks in DDR in 1988..it was more than evident that east germans were really tired of the government control ..in every aspect of their lives...then November 1989 came ..and the rest is history...
The GDR was the last piece of dignity the Germans had left. Now they are a joke.
Socialism always sucks for the people
Will G
The typical problem with bureaucracies, the left hand never knows what the right hand is doing.
Anthony Walsh
Prior 2 this though you could not buy a shredder for love nor money in West Berlin. Stasi agents had bought em all. Alarm bells....
Philippe Rouchy
nothing worse then Germans talking like comunists
That's an unusual site, a Trabbi going into West Germany!
A happy little accident.
eren mori
Warsaw Pact should have taken the city in the 70's or early 80'! then this tragedy of the death of the GDR would never have happen!
eren mori
All people in Europe should be required to speak english as 2nd language-so tired of looking at sub-titles!
eren mori
He and Gorby betrayed Lenin's worker's paradise! people who say life was not good in GDR are capitalist P#GS!
im so bummed bernie sanders didnt win in the US. Socialism is awesome
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