I date the exact moment to when one of the crowd turns to the senior border guard and says: \”Don\’t be stupid\”.
From the moment that those who can arrest, imprison, shoot, are held in contempt, not fear, then liberty has won.
And from the Reichstag.
And don\’t forget the Hungarians. If anyone can find it, I want to see the footage of this event:
Almost exactly 28 years later, on August 19, 1989, Hungarian border guards opened a gate on the Austrian border, allowing hundreds of East Germans to flee.
It should be out there.
Hungarians weren\’t the only ones who wanted to cross. That summer, tens of thousands of East Germans, who were strictly forbidden to enter the West, had used their vacation weeks to drive south through Czechoslovakia to Hungary, a cavalcade of cheap Trabant cars chasing rumours of openings in the border, hoping to get around their country\’s impermeable walls and decaying economy.