Soviets did not shoot down these planes, which were like trucks on an interstate there were so many, and lifted the blockade giving West Berlin back to Team West and maintaining control of East Germany. Competing economics and ideologies both sides of the city and iron curtain. After the failure of the Berlin Blockade Soviets built the Berlin Wall or – Anti Fascist Protection Rampart GDR – wall of shame in West Berlin. Fascist – because Wests wanted Germany to join NATO. Wall built all around West Berlin to protect Soviet influence… Symbolic of divide in Europe for the Cold War. 1988 – 1989 Soviet Union is going broke, morally and politically bankrupt as well. Releasing control on states in the Eastern Block. Economics not working and liberalized Poland, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia we don’t have the resources to hold this up and Poland and Hungary left, and East Germany started to protest too. Nov 9, 1989 GDR govt gave up and let the people go they stopped manning the wall. Oct 3, 1990, they voted to be a singular state again. Changing political systems during this one year, how things morph politically and economically. Life styles before and after the fall of the wall. Berlin was so important because it was the symbol of the struggle. All of Europe evolved like Berlin in a Post-Soviet World. The Film 1978 playing in the yard being filmed, pictures of East Germany next the space launch SOJUS 31 August 26, 1978 – East German Citizen Sigmund Jähn went to space On that day things in the family went down hill. Husband Mr. Kerner investigated for fleeing the country asking the wife if he had contacts in the west. She is very angry and threw the investigators. His father had an enemy of the state girlfriend and mom was so depressed she stopped talking to anyone including her children. She was committed to a hospital. Sandman adapted in space and became friends with Mascha they had a cosmic wedding. Ales, Cosmonaut Mother was married to socialist father land father never mentioned again. Mom directing choir and focusing on kids. Mom won the Gold Award for exceptional commitment to the country. Alex did the space camp kind of thing his rocket was cool. 1989 – East Germany turned 40 – he worked at a TV repair place. DDR parade Girl there to see Alex. Oh its his sisters baby Paula? Alex is in a march on October 7, 1989 to protest the wall. Freedom of the press they chant. Alex chokes on an apple. Mother’s car is stopped because of the protest and she is told to take the subway. People are pushed back by trucks with grates and people are beaten in the streets. Mother looks on as this happens in confusion. She yells for them to stop it and sees her son being dragged away and collapses. Alex tries to run to his mother who has collapsed but is arrested leaving her lying in the street. He is punched and vomits in the truck. With his hands
behind his head he is in a detainment center and told to go to his mother he has a black eye.
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