Tag: soviets

The End of the Wall

On this day in 1989 East German officials opened the Berlin Wall, allowing travel from East to West Berlin. Within hours celebrating Germans, nicknamed Mauerspechte (wall woodpeckers) used all manner of tools to chip off souvenirs, demolishing lengthy parts of the wall in the process, opening several unofficial border crossings, and reveling in new-found freedoms […]

Hungary and Soviet Oppression

On this day in 1956, an escalating national uprising brewing for 12 days in Hungary is viciously crushed by Soviet tanks and troops. Thousands were killed and wounded and nearly a quarter-million Hungarians fled the country in the crack-down. The crisis in Hungary began in October 1956, when thousands of protesters took to the streets […]