Posts Tagged ‘Berlin’

the Wall falls apart

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

It was amazing to be in Berlin that time. In the past, we people from the West could easily cross the borders to the East. Just a passport, the obligatory money change (‘Zwangsumtausch’) and sometimes body searches in separated cabins. The ‘Zwangsumtausch’ was usually invested in a lunch, books and music records.

But this time, all this didn’nt count. This time, people went the other way round. And not just at the official border crossings. The Wall was falling apart, temporary rough roads were opened and border guards posted. Passports were issued on the spot and people could walk to West Berlin – sometimes for the first time.

VP Sondermeldestelle

VP Sondermeldestelle - Berlin, Potsdamer Platz

Berlin, Potsdamer Platz

Berlin, Potsdamer Platz

more pitted wall

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Both photos illustrate my impressions about East-West relations that time. People in the West were rather ignorant concerning life in the East. Did anybody ever watch the news programme ‘Aktuelle Kamera’? Only few people tried to peep through slots in the Wall. What would they discover?

In turn, people from the East were rather well informed about things which happened in the West (except the ‘Tal der Ahnungslosen’ at Dresden where West TV didn’t reach). But at the end they couldn’t verify because they never got the chance to peep through the wall.

Berlin, Brandenburger Tor

Berlin, Brandenburger Tor

Border Guards at Brandenburger Tor

Border Guards at Brandenburger Tor

pitted wall

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Today, all news are talking and writing about the fall of the WALL.  I was travelling to Berlin that time and I remembered taking photos. But after my recent move from Brussels to Cologne, I had no clue where they could be. The entire day I spent in the store room and sifted through carton boxes. Finally, I was lucky to trace them, to connect my old and outdated slide scanner and sucked the first photo into my laptop. Here is the beginning of a small series which I will place here in the following days.

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Berlin Wall: 14 November 1989