Interview with Egon Krenz: He Stopped the Shooting

EGON KRENZ overruled his bosses to prevent bloodshed during demonstrations in East Germany. But despite a West German proposal to develop closer ties, he sees no chance for reuniting the two countries

Q. After 28 years, the Berlin Wall is open. What motivated you to make this move after all these years?

A. My starting point is that freedom of movement is a basic human right. Thus there could be no better proof of our sincerity about renewing socialism than by starting with human rights. I considered it a disadvantage that we were signers of the Helsinki Final Act and the Vienna declaration yet we did not abide by certain parts of those agreements. We intend by this action to emphasize the unity between word and deed. Last but not least, let me...

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