December 15, 1990 |
Soldiers slung with automatic rifles and night-vision glasses stand watch over frozen vineyards. The skeletal vines, trussed into gnarled bundles, rock noiselessly in the wind of a moonlit night. A rustle in the frosty underbrush draws a beam of light, illuminating three sets of startled eyes. A flash of fear and tension grips the watchers but quickly eases into a nervous laugh. This time, the eerie stillness has been disturbed by wild hares.
September 26, 1990 |
West Germany cannot afford to take in hundreds of thousands fleeing poverty in Eastern Europe and the Third World, a top official in Chancellor Helmut Kohl's government said Tuesday in a plea for help in stemming the refugee tide. As many as half of the 400,000 refugees expected in Western Europe this year are likely to settle in West Germany, aggravating social tensions already strained by the costs of German reunification, Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said.
November 26, 1990 |
With a few dollars begged from an old acquaintance and a half-baked plan for reaching the West, Ilona Petrescu huddled with her two children on a sooty platform of Keleti station to await the late-night train to southern Hungary. Keleti, a catch basin for East European drifters, had been her home off and on for months. But spurred on by Budapest's waning hospitality for foreign homeless and fear of deportation back to Romania, Petrescu and her family had decided to change course. "My son is ill.
August 21, 1991 |
Southern California emigres from the Soviet Union, China and Eastern Europe, each with his own political agenda, have begun to work on a common goal, protesting the emergency government in Moscow. Only a few days ago, the prospect of a demonstration in support of ousted Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev would have been highly unlikely, organizers said.
September 24, 1989
Following your excellent coverage of the events taking place in Eastern Europe, especially the escape of the hundreds or thousands of young East Germans from Hungary to the West, I am reliving the moments of joy and euphoria that I felt when I escaped from Hungary to Austria with my brother during the night of Nov. 24, 1956. It is an indescribable feeling that can only be compared to giving birth to a child. I am very proud of Hungary and would like to thank Austria for helping the refugees of Eastern Europe all these years.
January 4, 1989 |
More than 200,000 ethnic German refugees from Eastern Europe came to West Germany last year, the highest number since the formation of the country in 1949, an Interior Ministry spokesman said Tuesday. A total of the 202,673 ethnic refugees were handled by transit camps and granted German citizenship. The majority of 140,226 were from Poland, with 47,572 from the Soviet Union, said Horst Waffenschmidt, parliamentary state secretary at the Foreign Ministry.