I was over in Europe before the wall came down.
A German colleague of my father’s managed to get his elderly and terminally ill aunt over to West Germany to visit her family before she was going to die. Then...she magically made it across another border without East Germany knowing it.
She wanted to know Americans and have an America party and we threw one for her with American goodies from the commissary. We had a cookout.
The woman positively MARVELED at a fruit salad that had strawberries and kiwis because they just never got them in East Germany.
She had a great visit and then went back to East Germany and passed away. I’ll never forget to appreciate my strawberries.
Nice story. People were streaming across that border before the wall went up, which made up for the reason they built it. And it violated every agreement the allies had made with the Soviets and their vassal the DDR. We could have stopped it and didn’t! As it turned out 30 years later the Soviets were weak.
Lots of interesting footage on youtube - here’s a good one from the beginning of it all.