For many East Germans, the Bulgarian border held false hope as safe passage to the West. Rumors and inaccurate maps contributed to grave misconceptions about a potential escape route. Those willing to risk the journey often met a tragic end.
NATO has been at the heart of defense policy for many Western European nations for decades. As time has gone on, it's moved eastwards. But how did the alliance become what it is? Who pays for it? Where is it going?
Without the Bolshevik victory in 1917, decolonization across Africa may have played out in a much different fashion. Many liberation movements were inspired by the Russian Revolution.
The October Revolution had a knock-on effect on many African countries that were influenced by the Bolshevik victory to take up their own fight against colonialism.
Nearly 30 years have passed since East Germany's homes for "difficult children" were shut down. It has taken this long for the former inmates to speak out about their ordeals, and, even now, they're not always heard.
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