Exhibition theme: Protest and Flight: On the former escape route [21/56]

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

License: Creative Commons License

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Fleeing from Eberswalde to Munich, August/September 1989


nature, one person, warning sign, woman


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


International Red Cross, Ministry for State Security


Ják, Oberbildein, St George's Church

Text in image

Achtung / Staatsgrenze


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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.

Original Caption

"Finally free"