Still in high school, Grüning wanted to help a friend escape the GDR. He hired a smuggler, but things didn't go to plan.
The Cold War, a global power struggle between dictatorship and democracy, ended in Berlin on November 9, 1989. The course of history, however, was set in motion by decisive events outside the country long before that.
Three months after the Berlin Wall came down, Nelson Mandela walked out of prison. On the weekend, guests at Germany's embassy in South Africa looked back on those seismic events of 30 years ago.
Three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, reporters from DW’s Africa department set out to discover what has changed in eastern Germany. Join Asumpta Lattus on her voyage to better understand Germany.
Construction of the Berlin Wall began on August 13, 1961 – the same year birth control was introduced in Germany. It was also the beginning of what would become one of the biggest names in music history: The Beatles.
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