February 15, 1990 |
East German Prime Minister Hans Modrow, his feelings hurt and his plea for financial aid rejected, left Bonn on Wednesday promising that his lame-duck government will press for economic reform before the national elections scheduled for next month. Modrow, who had conferred Tuesday with Chancellor Helmut Kohl and other West German officials, met with West German businessmen and industrialists Wednesday before returning to East Berlin.
June 27, 1990 |
Jackhammers shatter the peace of a summer morning as they bore through the Berlin Wall with loud, methodic hunger. Soon, a groaning crane joins in, dangling slabs of concrete in its rusty jaws. A dozen onlookers add subdued cheers. Not far away, chisels strike up a tinny chorus as tourists chip off a chunk of history before it disappears. This spectacle has been played out again and again in the past week as East Germany tears down the last of the infamous Wall dividing the heart of Berlin.
November 15, 1989 |
By the time he boarded a plane to leave after five weeks in West Berlin, Eric Rentschler had witnessed a remarkable slice of history--but little did he know that the most amazing was yet to come. "One feels rather stupid," Rentschler offered sheepishly in his office at UC Irvine, where he is director of film studies and a professor of German. He left West Berlin on Nov. 4 to make a scheduled appearance at a film panel in Toronto, "so I missed everything by about five days."
September 5, 1990 |
With its carefully measured mix of sex, sports and politics, West Germany's biggest newspaper, Bild Zeitung, knows exactly how to grab reader attention. "East German Women Are Better in Bed!" it heralded in a half-page-deep front-page headline early in the unification process.
June 16, 1991 |
"Once, we swore to the nation's unity despite its division; today, despite unity, we have to realize that the nation remains divided." --Egon Bahr Former West German Cabinet minister It took several months for the architects of German unity to grasp the extent of economic devastation left by four decades of communism in the east and the difficulties it presented in rebuilding a unified nation.
May 11, 1990 |
Forget about currency unions and military alliances and state treaties and border guarantees. Consider instead the electrocuted storks. After the long flight from their wintering places in Africa, the big white birds arrived back in East Germany and stopped to rest. Bad move. The Communist Party daily sent a photographer out to record the grim scene and noted that, clearly, it is time to modernize those improperly grounded power lines.