Publication: Financial Times

Full Citation

  • Title Breach in the Berlin Wall
  • Publication Title Financial Times
  • Collection The Financial Times
  • Date Friday,  Nov. 10, 1989
  • Issue Number 30,995
  • Page Number 26
  • 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.
Breach in the Berlin Wall ontnued from Page agee exodus of recent weeks, left others torn. One family, the Langes - husband, wife, baby crying in a pram - were distressed, the woman in tears. "We don't know what to do," said the man. "Stay or go?" Already, choice was imposing its dilemmas. Torsten Kahlbaum, 32, had been across to West Berlin with his father when he was three, a year before the Wall was built in 1961; now he, too, was weighing up the new pos- sibilities. He said he would go - but come back. "It makes no sense to keep the border here any more. During the last few days, so much has hap- pened that I would say that anything is possible." He paused. "I think all of this is bad for the country." Across the Wall, there were concerns of a different kind. Mr Walter Momper, the Mayor of West Berlin went on televi- sion to urge East Berliners to put off their festival-like trips for a day or two because the city could not cope with the crush. In a special programme, he said, however, that efforts were being made to open more crossing points for the sponta- neous visits. In the East, first impres- sions were not so much of pec- pie desperate to move out - It is early days - but of people seized with wonder that they can go, and come back. The new provision was evi- dently prepared for, with police well briefed and travel offices equipped. In the confu- sion of last night, it seemed possible that the liberalising gamble by the East German regime might work, that while the people would go - they would return.