300-400 people died trying to get over the Berlin Wall Alex’s father left with the intention of bringing his family with him but Alex’s mother got too scared to defect John F. Kennedy went to the wall in 1960, made a famous “I am a Berliner” speech Bruce Springsteen was invited to do a concert in East Berlin 2 years before it fell Bruce Springsteen made a comment about taking the wall down Young people were dissatisfied with the government of East Berlin o Like Alex in the movie and his sister Most Famous Visit to the Berlin Wall: Ronald Reagan o “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!!!” Comes to a head: Hungary disabled its border defenses in August 1989
Eric Hanneker: General Secretary of the Socialist Unity Party, basically the President of the GDR from 1971-the fall of the wall o October 18, 1989 he resigned June 13, 1990 the East German military began dismantling the wall o Took one-two years to tear down July 1 st , 1990: East Germany adopted West Germany’s currency The exchange rate from East Germany’s money to West Germany’s money screwed people! October 3 rd , 1990: Reunification of Germany The only transition like this that occurred in modern history Is this going to be the only reunification in our history? Will North Korea and South Korea unify?
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- Fall '08
- Cold War, Berlin, Eastern Bloc