On the way out of East Berlin
, they checked to make sure the same people left who had gone in.
A quarter century ago, the Berlin Wall--which had separated Communist East Berlin
from democratic West Berlin for 28 years--came down.
As we found the U-Bahn, it seemed that I was the only American in East Berlin
It sounds drastic, but there were a lot of people desperate to escape East Berlin
who risked their lives for the chance of freedom.
All of these questions would be answered tomorrow when we were about to pass through Checkpoint Charlie into Communist and Russian controlled, East Berlin
The people who organised the tours drove us out there in this massive van and they told us they might be able to get someone through Checkpoint Charlie to play in East Berlin
But as East Berlin
was Soviet territory, he was suggesting that the USSR was free to do what it pleased there.
What was East Berlin
is rapidly catching up with its brash, modern neighbour and some of the city's trendiest areas are in what was the East.
Under Socialism, the people of East Berlin
lived in relative poverty compared to the Capitalist West Berliners, and people were leaving in droves.
Chancellor Angela Merkel, the reunited Germany's first leader to grow up in the communist east, started the day with President Horst Koehler and other leaders at a prayer service at a former East Berlin
church that was a rallying point for opposition activists back in 1989.
August 1989: Tens of thousands of East Germans swamp West German diplomatic missions in East Berlin
, Czechoslovakia and Hungary seeking asylum.
Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor and Horst Koehler, the country's president, joined a congregation at a former East Berlin
church, where pro-democracy rallies were held in 1989.