Political Repression People wanted to escape to western berlin Didn’t allow for freedom of movement o Alex father bailed Wanted to bring family but mother got too scared o Eastern and Western Tension In berlin JFK went to the wall and made a famous speech We stand with all of you in Berlin Bruce Springsteen o Went to wall as well o East Berlin Ronald Reagan made most famous speech
o “tear down this wall” o Soviets were losing the new generation of people o Hungary disabled its boarders in august 1989 East german tourist went over to hungary to west o USSR started to slack on its political hold o People started to vote themselves out of the USSR o East Berlin said they wanted out because other countries are too o Eric Ponnaker President of GDR from 1971-fall of wall Retired because of all of the protestors Street protesting o Fall of the wall East German side gives up and lets them roam o June 13 1990 Military started to dismantle wall 1-2 year process Pieces still exist o July east Germany adoapted west currency o 1 to 2 exchange rate o Ocober 3 rd 1990 Full german reunity o Only transition in modern history o no political entities has combined o bigger states go into smaller states o east and west Germany is unique o Is it the only one? Are more coming? North and South korea combination? Parts of old soviet union? o Ukraine with Russia? o Belarus with Russia? o
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- Spring '08
- Cold War, Berlin, East Berlin