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Celeon999
11-09-2009, 02:48 AM
Footages of today, 20 years ago (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEbsCYLx2TI&feature=related)


Looking back it seems much longer than that. At least for me http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


Most people never realized this but the nuclear forces of NATO and the Warsaw Pact were on heightened alert that night.

Luckily it was to be the last heightened alert.

Liddabit
11-09-2009, 05:05 PM
What was it like for you guys that night? I imagine it was one of the best days of your life?

I don't remember the day exactly myself I was too young.

Celeon999
11-10-2009, 02:03 AM
Originally posted by Liddabit:
What was it like for you guys that night? I imagine it was one of the best days of your life?

I don't remember the day exactly myself I was too young.


I dont remember it either. I was 9 years old and already in bed. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

My father wanted to go there but my mother not. She said it would be better to wait until the next day. My aunt and grandmother from west-berlin phoned us and suggested places where we all could meet.

So while i was sleeping (had to go to school the next day) my parents spent the night in front of the tv , following what was going on over the different west and east german tv channels.


The next day after school the whole family met over at my aunt's apartment. Going through the border took a bit as you now had to show your passport and get a stamp on it to get through.

I recieved a very provisoric child's passport the first time we went over.

They must had invented that thing overnight as it really looked like a cheap folded sheet of paper rather than something you would call a passport. I still have it.

I still remember my aunt taking me to that toys section of a Woolworth store buying me something. Dont remember what it was. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Liddabit
11-10-2009, 02:25 AM
That memory is really awesome I think. I DO remember growing up hearing about East and West Germany and having toys from East Germany and thinking OOoooo this is forbidden, or extremely good craftsmanship! My father seemed to make it important to me that Eastern Germany was a "prison", and his father was a veteran of most of WW2 battles. So Germany was only respected out of merit, and begrudgingly so! I think it was only in the 90s that my father bought a car with German parts. That shows it really took awhile to accept anything German, but he wished for German unification, which says alot.

mariuszj1939
11-10-2009, 02:43 AM
I wasn't this day in Berlin but travelled to West Berlin few weeks earlier. I still remember empty black stations between both zones and ... differences. In comparison I was rich in East Berlin but couldn't buy anything except beer and food / and very poor in West Berlin where was everything. My colleagues (in these days there was official sport school competitions between DDR and Poland) from DDR couldn't believe in any of my words in summer 1989 "changes in Poland are possible in East Germany too" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Celeon999
11-10-2009, 12:22 PM
So you in Poland were less surprised about what happened ?

I mean after that Solidarnosc strike at the Gdansk shipyard and all.

mariuszj1939
11-10-2009, 05:26 PM
Originally posted by Celeon999:
So you in Poland were less surprised about what happened ?

I mean after that Solidarnosc strike at the Gdansk shipyard and all.

yes, for me it was only question of time !