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.
"Letters without Signature" was the name of the radio program in which anonymous mail from East Germany was read out loud. A new exhibition shows how what once happened over the airwaves is still happening — just online.
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.
Victims of Berlin's former Soviet-era Wall, whose construction began 58 years ago, are being remembered in the capital. German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has warned of 'new walls' in electoral thinking.
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