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America - Europe

A Transatlantic Diary 1961 - 1989

Klaus Lanzinger

November 4, 1989

Berlin, Alexanderplatz

Approximately, a million people moved today in East Berlin to the Alexanderplatz. They demand more democracy and freedom. It was the largest demonstration in the 40-year history of the German Democratic Republic. At the same time, about 6,000 of its citizens fled again via Prague to West Germany. In the turbulence of these events that follow one another in rapid succession, much patience is being demanded of the people in East and West. There is the undeniable danger of civil war, whose consequences can hardly be imagined.

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