A Berlin Wall Moment – Be True

I just came across the expression “Berlin Wall Moment”. The author was referring to the point when the East German Secret Police (the “Stasi” = Staats-Sicherheit) and the East German police force (Vopos = Volkspolizei) refused to go against the civil rights protesters inside of the German Democratic Republic (official name for Communist East Germany). The result was that the authorities announced that anyone could now “visit” West Berlin. The rest is history: East Germans poured over, around and through the heretofore “death zone” in front of the wall on the East side and over the wall. Continue reading