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Exhibition theme: Protest and Flight: A hole in the fence [20/56]

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September 1989
Between Ják (Hungary) and Oberbildein (Austria)
Created By: Hans-Michael Fritz

License: Creative Commons License

From the Set

Fleeing from Eberswalde to Munich, August/September 1989

Depicts

barbed wire fence, nature, one person, woman

Context

anxiety, border installations, certainty, escape, escape agent, escape route, family, freedom, identity document, journey, nature, priest, surveillance

People/Organizations

International Red Cross, Ministry for State Security

Places

Ják, Oberbildein, St George's Church

Other items in this set

Ultimately, it was the citizens of the GDR themselves who brought down the SED regime. From the summer of 1989 on, thousands of East Germans tried to flee to the West across the Hungarian-Austrian border and via the West German embassies in Budapest, Prague, and Warsaw. In East Germany itself, ever greater numbers of people supported the demands of the citizens' movements for free elections, freedom of the press, and freedom to travel, despite their fear of state repression. In October, mass protests, which now involved hundreds of thousands of demonstrators, spread across the entire country. Aware that their protest could no longer be stopped, people increasingly felt a desire to capture events on film.