20 Years Ago

September 30, 2009

On September 30th, 1989, thousands of citizens of East Germany waited in Prague for approval from the East German government that would allow them to travel to West Germany for the first time since the Berlin Wall was erected on August 13, 1961. The famous photo of the East German border guard is great but the DDR had 0nly been around for 14 years at that point. This video is awesome.

He says:

“Wir sind zu Ihnen gekommen, um Ihnen mitzuteilen, dass heute, Ihre Ausreise-”
(“We have come to you to announce that today, your departure —“)

According to Wikipedia he was about to say “in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland möglich geworden ist” (“into the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) has been approved”). But apparently the people he was talking to didn’t need to wait for that part.

I won’t say any more about this video, but yeah, as every German who comments on this video seems to say, I get Gänsehaut (goosebumps).

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