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Key Information

Format
Documentary
Year of production
2008
Duration
00:52:00
Country of origin
Germany
Produced by
Monaco Film and Spiegel TV for NDR
Categories
Television > Documentary > History
Intended distribution
Made for TV
Intended audiences
General Audience

Language versions

Original
German
Dubbed
English

Topics

Non-Fiction/Information

Synopsis

No one intended it and no one ordered it; it was, in fact, a mistake that brought down the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989. On this day, G√ľnter Schabowski, Politburo member and spokesperson, was slipped a note by Egon Krenz, Politburo leader, which he took with him to his press conference without reading it. There he read it out to the assembled press in a live broadcast. The news flew about the entire world. Something unique was happening: for a few hours, the laws of the authoritarian state were powerless - and the people of East and West Berlin spontaneously took the task in hand themselves. A groundswell revolution and, almost casually, the end of the toughest border in the world.

In the style of the TV series "24", the film follows the paths of the principle characters over this decisive day, hour by hour. For the first time ever we speak to the man who wrote the note. We interview Tom Brokaw, the NBC anchorman who reported live from the Berlin Wall that night, as well as the political advisors of the American and French President, of the German Chancellor and the British Prime Minister. And of course we speak to Schabowski himself, who did not know what he read when he read his note.

Additional Information

52'

Cast & Crew

Director
Marc Brasse, Florian Huber