November 3, 1989 |
Six senior East German government and political officials resigned Thursday as the new East German leader, Egon Krenz, conferred with Polish officials in Warsaw about the political reforms that have been undertaken there. In East Berlin, the official news agency ADN reported that more than 50,000 demonstrators marched in various cities Thursday evening, calling for political and economic reforms--which the news agency characterized as a "social crisis."
November 1, 1989 |
Another casualty in the East German Politburo was announced Tuesday as Communist leader Egon Krenz flew to Moscow for talks with Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev. The official East German news agency ADN said that Harry Tisch, the Politburo member who heads the official trade union federation, will resign Thursday. It was not made clear whether Tisch, who has been accused of failing to defend the workers' interests, will stay on as a member of the Politburo.
February 22, 1992 |
Beyond the tall fence surrounding the handsome new Chilean Embassy, an old man can sometimes be seen strolling the frozen grounds. His world is defined by the steel fence; he dares not venture past it. Erich Honecker, the former East German leader whose Stalinist regime was defined by the formidable Berlin Wall, now finds himself the de facto prisoner of a simple fence and an open gate.
November 5, 1989 |
New Communist Party leader Egon Krenz announced Friday that five members of the ruling Politburo would step down, and he made a dramatic appeal to East Germans to stay in the country. "We need you," he said. In an address broadcast on state TV, Krenz promised sweeping political and economic reforms and urged that East Germany's restive citizens trust the new leadership's resolve to change.
December 17, 1989
Mikhail Gorbachev came to East Berlin on Oct. 5, his arrival oddly not covered on East German television. On the same day, the East Germans tightened security on East Berlin border crossings and banned visa-free travel to Czechoslovakia. The following day, at a wreath-laying ceremony, Gorbachev spoke with a crowd of reporters who pressed him about East Germany's ability to undertake reforms.