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Genscher at the German Embassy in Prague 1989

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Uploaded on Mar 21, 2007

4500 East Germans had taken refugee on the area of the West-German embassy in Prague, Czech Republic, with a view to be permitted to leave for West-Germany. The video shows the West-German foreign minister at that time, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, standing on the embassy's balcony and telling the refugees that their departure permission had been negociated.

Translation:
"We're trying for a solution, but I don't want to give a statement now. First I'd like to speak to the Germans from the GDR who are currently at the embassy."

"We have come to you to tell you that today, your departure..." (rest is drowned in cheers)

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