Posts Tagged ‘1989’

The Wall is Back…

In Berlin Wall, GDR on May 2, 2019 at 5:58 pm
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Or rather the blog about the Wall is back. The Wall? Well it never really went away. It’s still there, it just exists in our minds. It’s as powerful a presence as it was 10 years ago when I last blogged on this site.

A lot of water has passed under the Boesebruecke since then. I’ve travelled all over Europe and now I’m a tour guide in London. But the fascination with the ¬†GDR remains. I’ve been back to Leipzig and Berlin and watched them change. I finally made it to Rostock and puzzled at Read the rest of this entry »

Leipzig marks turning point

In Berlin Wall, GDR, Germany, Wall on October 9, 2009 at 6:48 pm

With a series of events that includes a recreation of the famous ‘Monday Demonstrations’ that started at the St Nicholas’ Church (Nikolaikirche), Leipzig today celebrates the marches that cranked up pressure on the GDR regime over the course of 1989, eventually leading to the opening of the Wall on 9th November.

9th October was a turning point (see this article for an eyewitness account) when thousands of marchers played non-violent brinkmanship with the authorities – pushing them to see how far they would bend. The authorities had large forces at their dispersal, and were ready to use them. But, for reasons that are still slightly vague – owing to history being a subjective area and of course the regime’s secrecy – this power was not used.

This could easily have been a violent massacre: the East German government had recently praised the response of their contemporaries in China to the Tiannenmen Square protests. But for whatever reason, be it compassion or simply confusion and indecisiveness, the authorities backed down. Maybe they saw the writing on the metaphorical wall. It was the beginning of the end.