Cold War hero Günter Schabowski


Do you remember Günter Schabowski? I didn’t.

This snapshot of his role in the unwinding of the Berlin Wall story is the sort of thing we need to preserve, as historians, I think. It shows how large organizations tend to foul things up. And it shows how one person can influence history, even with error. It demonstrates how history does not consist of foregone conclusions, but is instead a long string of serendipitous events.

It’s just the sort of story I like, over at Earthling Concerned.

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One Response to Cold War hero Günter Schabowski

  1. Joe says:

    I second that! Günther Schabowski is one of the very few (if not the only) high-ranking GDR government official who is now apologetic for the regime. (See his entry on Wikipedia for some quotes.)

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