The Causes Of East Germany: The Fall Of The Berlin Wall

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The headline reported by Childs (1989) screamed that the Berliners were celebrating the fall of the Berlin wall. This was after a period of three decades where the West was kept apart from the East Berliners. The communists’ rulers/leaders in the East Germany authorized the gates along the wall to be opened. Huge amount of individuals had converged at the walls crossing point before the permission was granted. People from the East Germany shouted and cheered while surging towards the wall as those from West met them with jubilations. On this particular day he crowed was so ecstatic and began climbing the wall while other hacked chunked the 45 kilometer barrier. The order to erect the barrier in 1961 was from Walter Ulbritcht who was the former …show more content…
Approximately 2.5 million were approximated to have crossed over to West Germany. After the erection of the wall, and other regulations along the borders of the East and West Germany, the wall played a great role in containing the people of East Germany. The majority who attempted to escape through the walls were shot dead by the guards at the borders. The indicator for change in 9th November 1989 became eminent when Gunther Schabowski the spokesperson of the Communist Party in East Germany had announced that the people of East Germany would be allowed to directly travel to the West. It was aimed at controlling the movement of East Berliners towards West Germany through the illegal means. This was driven by the fact that the regime in Hungary was so liberal that it had actually opened its borders. A week the historic fall of the wall, the movement of the immigrants was so intense after the Czechoslovakia had allowed through its borders access to the West Germany. Helmut Kohl who was the chancellor of West Germany at the time had hailed and claimed that the decision was historic. In turn, the chancellor convened a meeting with Egon Krenz the then German

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