This 1990 interview with two East German dissidents illustrates several
important features of the origins of the movement that led to the fall
of the Berlin Wall in 1989:
- The ambivalence between dissatisfaction and acceptance of the government
by the generation that came of age while or after the Berlin wall went
up in 1961 (these two oppositionals were born in 1943 and 1950, respectively).
- The importance networking and exchange of information between oppositional
- The crucial role of activities in "peripheral" cities (i.e.
- The sources of dissatisfaction: nuclear missiles, environmental degradation,
hypocrisy of state, ...
- The role of the Western media in disseminating information to the
East German populace.
- The space for organizing provided by the Church.