Twenty-five years ago, on November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall came down. University of Baltimore MFA student Ellen Hartley recalls a night in 1966 when she and her student husband tried to cross to East Berlin. What stopped them might make you grateful.
“Halten Sie — sofort!” A guttural voice. “Schnell aus dem Auto!”
Danny slammed on the brakes of our VW Bug. We stumbled out of the car. A pair of burly border guards ordered us to step aside and empty our pockets.
1966, Checkpoint Charlie. My husband and I were students, out for a night at the opera in East Berlin.