Marc Dierikx and Sacha Zala (eds.): When the Wall Came Down. The Perception of German Reunification in International Diplomatic Documents 1989–1990
«Ab sofort» – On 9 November 1989 the unexpected happened. After months of crisis, with tens of thousands of citizens fleeing the country through various means and routes, the government of the German Democratic Republic suddenly announced that it opened up the border crossings for travel to West Berlin forthwith.
Even diplomats, proficiently well-informed, had not seen this coming. Reactions by foreign envoys expressed concerns, warning of a ‘specter of German reunification’ that might upset the stability in Europe. Promoted by the West German government in Bonn, reunification became the keyword for all subsequent developments. Suddenly, agreements signed in 1945 took on a new immediacy.
About the authors
Marc Dierikx *1957, Dr., historian, senior researcher at Huygens Institute, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in Amsterdam.
Sacha Zala *1968, Prof. Dr., historian, director of the research center Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland (Dodis) and professor at the University of Bern.