Three Decades Passed, German Citizens Remember the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Sascha Moellering witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall at Brandenburg Gate on November 9, 1989. But it took about 10 more years for the border between the communist East and the capitalist West to completely collapse in his mind.

His mother watched on television at home and saw pictures of people shaking the border fence after East German communist official Guenter Schabowski incorrectly announced the opening of the wall during a press conference.

Tourists cross the Berlin Wall, some of which still stand in Berlin, Germany. Photos Source: REUTERS

At some point, my mother looked at me and asked, ‘What are you doing here? Go away! This is history! And you must go’,” Moellering said ahead of the 30th anniversary of the event that brought Germany together.

Moellering added, “There were thousands of people standing on the walls singing and dancing Beatles songs, ‘Give peace a chance’, of course, and the feeling was great.”

Pressure has been building up in the East German government for several months to allow its citizens to travel freely when ANSA news journalist Riccardo Ehrman asked Schabowski about the current travel rules.

Stumbling on his own words, Schabowski said the East German government had decided to allow citizens to go through every border crossing and he was sure the new rules would take effect immediately. The shock and joy experienced by the people of East Germany made them immediately go to the border to be able to go to the territory of West Germany.

“I’m not sure if I really play a role but maybe, if I give very little help, I’m very proud,” Ehrman told Reuters.

Later it was learned that the announcement should not have been made until 4 o’clock in the morning after that day. Schabowski also corrected his words that East German citizens could apply for a visa according to the rules.

The last Communist Prime Minister in East Germany Hans Modrow was also surprised. “I was walking when a young man came to me and said ‘Have you heard? The border is opened!’ And I asked, ‘How are you doing?’ And he said, ‘Yes, the border is opened, should I go?’ And I say, ‘Why did you go?’, “Modrow said.

Everyone was shocked when they heard that the wall had been broken through and torn down. “We all sat there, thinking: ‘What? The wall is open now? Is that a clear statement? Does he say anyone can go from East to West and West to East? What?’,” Said Susanne Roebisch, a resident of East Berlin who was about to move to West Berlin with his family. ( Source )

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