Chronik des Mauerfalls

Summary/Auf einen Blick


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30 Year Fall of the Wall – Summary The idea behind this project is to offer a kind of real time coverage of the events of 1989 and 1990 that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall and ultimately the end of one of the two German States with the unification on October 3rd weiter…

April 3rd: 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


Portrait of the last victim of the Berlin Wall: Winfried Freudenberg.

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…

05/02/89 Chris Gueffroy: der letzte Erschossene/the last one shot


©Stefan Richter: Weisses Kreuz zur Erinnerung an Chris Geoffroy in der Nähe des Berliner Reichstages

Deutsch Chris Gueffroy: The last victim of the „shooting order“ On February 5th 1989 Chris Gueffroy was shot at the Berlin Wall. He was the last victim of the „shooting order“ and the overall penultimate victim that lost his life trying to leave the GDR to find a better life for himself. Chris was a weiter…

18. Januar ’89: „The wall will still be standing in a 50 and 100 years“


Breshnew (head of the communist party in the Soviet Union) and Erich Honecker (right) on a stamp celebrating the friendship between the SU and GDR.

Deutsch Honecker’s prophesy Erich Honecker was the most powerful politician in the GDR for nearly 20 years. What many people don’t know, even before he became 1st secretary of the Central Commitee of the ruling Socialist Party – SED – he shaped the history of his country. After spending more than two years in Moscow weiter…