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GDR government speaker Günter Schabowski announces the opening of the inner German border, on 9 November 1989, during a press conference in East Berlin (GDR).
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1949 - 1990 DDR
1989 Fall of the Berlin Wall
1989 - 1990 The road to German unification
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East German Politician Günter Schabowski (1929 - 2015)
9th November 1989 - Fall of the Berlin Wall.
Günter Schabowski, 1929 – 2015, official of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany.
Schabowski gained worldwide fame in November 1989 when he improvised a slightly mistaken answer to a press conference question, raising popular expectations much more rapidly than the government planned so that massive crowds gathered the same night at the Berlin Wall, forcing its opening after 28 years; soon after, the entire inner German border was opened.
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DDR HISTORY 1949 - 1989