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Erich Honecker

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  • German author Christa Wolf has died

     
    Christa Wolf, a significant voice in German literature, has died.
  • Perspectives on the fall of the Berlin Wall

    Perspectives on the fall of the Berlin Wall
    We make fun of Nostradamus and numerologists, but give editors an anniversary and the floodgates open. We're anniversary-ologists, as USA Today might say. Unfortunately, trying to take the pulse of what happened in Eastern Europe in 1989 is more complex...

    From the archives: Czechs Remove Curb on Travel

    PRAGUE, Czechoslovakia -- Prime Minister Ladislav Adamec announced Tuesday that Czechoslovak citizens will no longer need exit permits to travel to Western countries, a move that signaled the first significant reverberations here from East Germany's...

    From the archives: Longtime Bulgaria Leader Resigns; Reformer Named

    MOSCOW -- Bulgarian President Todor Zhivkov, the longest-serving leader in Eastern Europe, resigned Friday, thrusting his country into the political maelstrom sweeping the region. Zhivkov, 78, who stepped down after 35 years in power, was replaced as...

    From the archives: East Germans Punch 1st Holes in Wall, Pledge Free Elections

    WEST BERLIN -- Tens of thousands of East Germans streamed through the Berlin Wall into West Berlin on Friday as the Communist regime pledged that freedom of travel will be permanent, began punching holes in the wall for new crossings and promised free...