The Role of West German Media in the Peaceful Revolution
West German media and reporters had a major influence on the Peaceful Revolution. Journalists recall the events.
English: interpretation, German
For members of the underground opposition movements in the GDR, contacts to supporters in West Germany were vitally important. Reporters from West German media outlets who were accredited in the GDR helped to create public awareness in the West of conditions in East Germany. They also created channels of communication between East and West and provided material for underground publications. They smuggled banned books into the GDR, and smuggled letters and manuscripts critical of the regime to West Germany. They also informed the international pubic about injustices committed by the East German regime.
Panellists: Petra Bornhöft, Hans-Jürgen Börner and Peter Wensierski. Moderator: Christine Watty.