Full Citation

  • Title Cheers and Tears as the Wall Crumbles
  • Publication Title Financial Times
  • Collection The Financial Times
  • Date Friday,  Nov. 10, 1989
  • Issue Number 30,995
  • Page Number [1]
  • Place of Publication London, England
  • Language English
  • Document Type Article
  • Publication Section News
  • Source Library The Financial Times Limited
  • Copyright Statement © The Financial Times Limited. All rights reserved.
Terny Kirk Cheers and tears as the Wall crumbles .· ic · :· :·-: ··i '4 "MS it true? Can we go? if we go, can we really come back?" they asked at the Berlin Wall crossing point at Friedrichs- trasse, Just up from Unter den Linden, writes John Lloyd from East Berlin. Within hours of the televi- sion news announcing the lift- ing of East German travel restrictions, efficient and friendly police were address- ng Caraps at the Wall cross- ing like informal seminars: "Yes, all you need to do is to go downto the travel office in Alexanderplatz nearby with yost passport and a visa form, get a stamp, and off you go." At irst many came out of curiosity. Some, in their twenties, had lived all their lives with the Wall, the most poignant symbol of division between East and West. East German hardliners had dubbed it the "anti-Fascist barrier," claiming it kept capi- talism out. With one move the Berlin leadership made the rationale for the Wall redundant -' and rendered closer the desire of President John F Kennedy, who, in 1962 wished that peo- ple might one day say: "Ich bin ein Berliner." As last night wore on, the crowds grew bigger. In carni- val mood, cheering East Berli- ners, on foot and in cars surged through the crossing points to savour a new found freedom. "We're off to the Kndamm," pedestrians shouted as they made their way towards the crossing point and on to Kurfuersten- samm, the main shopping bou- levard in the centre of West Berlin. I'Tm Just going over to have a look," said one man; another said: "My wife is at home cry- ing her eyes out because she has to look after the kids and can't come." The prospect of free travel, after the highly publicised ref- Continued on Page V9