http://movies.nytimes.com/library/world/europe/110999germany-wall-guard.html a. Read the first two paragraphs of the article. What reactions might people on either side of the Berlin Wall have had to this sudden news?
j. What is Jaeger’s story about what happened after Schabowski’s news conference on November 9, 1989? How did these events affect his decision to open the gates? What did he then think of his decision? What do you think he thinks about it now and why?
l. Why does a banner outside the Alexanderplatz in East Germany read “We Were the People,” and how does this banner reflect sentiments that existed and still exist between the two sides of Germany until 1989? How do the t-shirts sold nearby oppose this banner? How are these two items symbols of Germany’s struggle to become fully unified?