Süddeutsche Zeitung, Monday, November 13th, 1989, p. 1


Confusion about travels from West to East

Hamburg (dpa) - Sunday saw some confusion about possible new ways of travel by Western citizens into the GDR. While the official GDR news agency, ADN, reported that the existing rules had not been changed, many people reported that they traveled into the GDR without any visa. Western border security at Braunschweig confirmed that many travelers had reported that displaying your ID card or passport sufficed. ADN quoted the GDR ministry of the interior, saying these reports had no foundation at all. Western border security at Braunschweig said that the old rules were still in effect. The Western foreign minister, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, called upon the GDR to allow free travel from West to East as well.

  Frederik Ramm, 2001-04-27