Schabowski Press Conference – 9. November 1989

After an hour of press conference were we all sat glued to the TV, Schabowski got a bit of paper that he read from. Everyone in East Berlin took what he said as ‘basically the Wall is now open’ and got up, put their jackets on, and went to the nearest checkpoint. None of the border guards had any instruction but one opened the checkpoint as tens of thousands assembled in front of him, which was the beginning of the fall of the Wall.

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