Protest against Egon Krenz being installed as chairman of the State Council outside the State Council building in East Berlin, 24 October 1989.
Source: picture-alliance/dpa/Wolfgang Kumm

New travel legislation

East German refugees on the way to West Germany, 8 November 1989. The border to Czechoslovakia had been reopened on 2 November, and tens of thousands of people continued to leave the GDR by this route. The government hoped to stem the tide of refugees with a new travel law.
Source: ullstein bild/Werek
The border to Czechoslovakia had been reopened on 2 November, and tens of thousands of people continued to leave the GDR by this route. The government hoped to stem the tide of refugees with a new travel law. The draft legislation was published in the party newspaper Neues Deutschland on 6 November.
Source: Neues Deutschland, 06.11.1989
The theatre and film actress Käthe Reichel put the general outrage over the new travel regulation in a nutshell in an open letter to the government.
Source: Archiv Deutsches Theater Berlin
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