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

More and more east germans want out

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In the first six months of 1989, over a hundred thousand people applied to emigrate to West Germany. They no longer saw any future in the GDR and had lost all trust in its politicians. Tens of thousands left the country during the summer. Many sought refuge in the West German missions in Prague, Budapest, Warsaw and East Berlin.

East German couple on their way to the Hungarian Csilleberc refugee camp near Budapest, 4 September 1989.
источник: akg-images/AP

In May 1989, Hungary began to take down the installations on its border to Austria. The West German media reported widely on the story, prompting the largest wave of escapes in the history of the GDR since the Berlin Wall was built. Particularly young people fled the country via the neighbouring Eastern Bloc states during the summer holidays. With the falsified results of the local elections of 7 May 1989 still in mind, they now started voting with their feet.

More and more people climbed over fences and walls into drastically overcrowded West German embassies. On 30 September the West German foreign minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher made the long-awaited announcement in Prague that they were to be allowed into the Federal Republic. The joyous cries of the refugees drowned out his voice. The GDR leadership was incapable of reacting appropriately to the mass flight and the will for reform in the population.

Statistics on migration to West Germany from 1949 to the end of 1989.
источник: Statistik der Übersiedlungen in die Bundesrepublik von 1949 bis Ende 1989.
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