For its part, the east german government spied on him and monitored his scripts.
It quoted the first line of the east german constitution: “Every citizen has the right to express his opinion freely and openly.”
Our Western propaganda was in that sense entirely true: the east german régime was indeed hated by those it governed.
They would travel by train, and the trains would pass through Dresden, the east german city closest to Prague.
One of the five men held a powerful east german antitank weapon.
Similar demonstrations by “Presley admirers” were reported in 1959 in Dresden and 13 other east german cities and towns.
The early precedent for forcefully striking down protests makes the peaceful 1989 east german revolution all the more noteworthy.
So if you were an east german, you could go to Hungary and then could go across to Austria, and from Austria into West Germany.
He is an undersized, paunchy east german, with hair the color of wet hay, and an extremely pallid complexion.
Note: Former Eastern Bloc and Warsaw Pact nation, established as a republic in 1949; formed out of land in the zone of Germany occupied by the Soviet Union after World War II.
Note: The Berlin Wall was erected in 1961 to keep East Germans from defecting to the West.
Note: Although high for a communist nation, the East German living standard lagged far behind that of western Europe. Popular protests for democracy forced the communist government to open the Berlin Wall in 1989 and allow its citizens to migrate to West Germany. Unable to resist the tide of reform sweeping across communist states, the East German government agreed in 1990 to the reunification of Germany under the leadership of West Germany.