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Conrad Schumann leaping over barbed wire into West Berlin on August 15, 1961, three days after construction began on the Berlin Wall[1] Eastern Bloc emigration and defection arose as a point of controversy soon after the Revolution of 1917, when the Soviet Union began to employ emigration restrictions. These restrictions were later extended in differing forms to rest of the Eastern Bloc, which consisted of European countries that were annexed or expanded Soviet Socialist Republics of the USSR and Soviet Satellite states. Despite restrictions, defections to the West occurred. After East Germany tightened its zonal occupation border with West Germany, the city sector border between East Berlin and West Berlin became a loophole through which defection could occur. This was closed with the erection of the Berlin Wall in 1961. Thereafter, emigration from the Eastern Bloc was effectively limited to illicit defections and ethnic emigration under bilateral agreements.

Map of the Eastern Bloc Polish-Ukrainian War, after the March 1921 Peace of Riga following the Polish-Soviet War, central and eastern Ukraine were annexed into the Soviet Union as the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. In 1922, the Russian SFSR, Ukraine SSR, Byelorussian SSR and Transcaucasian SFSR were officially merged as republics creating the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, or Soviet Union. At the end of World War II, all eastern and central European capitols were controlled by the Soviet Union.[2] During the final stages of the war, the Soviet Union began the creation of the Eastern Bloc by directly annexed several countries as Soviet Socialist Republics that were originally effectively ceded to it by Nazi Germany in the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. These included Eastern Poland (incorporated into two different SSRs)[3], Latvia (became Latvia SSR)[4][5], Estonia (became

Background
Creation of the Eastern Bloc
Bolsheviks took power following the Russian Revolution of 1917. During the Russian Civil War that followed, coinciding with the Red Army’s entry into Minsk in 1919, Belarus was declared the Socialist Soviet Republic of Byelorussia. After more conflict, the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic was declared in 1920. With the defeat of the Ukraine in the

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Estonian SSR)[4][5], Lithuania (became Lithuania SSR)[4][5], part of eastern Finland (became Karelo-Finnish SSR, and later merged into the Russian SFSR)[6] and northern Romania (became the Moldavian SSR).[7][8] By 1945, these additional annexed countries totaled approximately 180,000 additional square miles, or slightly more than the area of West Germany, East Germany and Austria combined.[9] Other states were converted into Soviet Satellite states, such as the People’s Republic of Poland, the People’s Republic of Hungary[10], the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic[11], the People’s Republic of Romania, the People’s Republic of Albania,[12] and later East Germany from the Soviet zone of German occupation.[13] The Federal People’s Republic of Yugoslavia was also considered part of the Bloc, [14][15], though a Tito-Stalin split occurred in 1948[16] followed by the formation of the Non-Aligned Movement.

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Dead Germans after Nemmersdorf massacre in Nemmersdorf, East Prussia. upon before the end of the war by the Allies.[22][23][24] At least two million people perished due to flight and expulsion, 400,000 to 600,000 of whom by physical force.[25][26] Almost all of these occurred between 1944 and 1948:[27][28] The total figures include a considerable exodus of Germans from areas near the front lines as the Red Army advanced towards German-settled areas.[29] Many were aware of the Soviet reprisals on German civilians,[30] such as Soviet soldiers committing rape and other crimes.[31][30] News of these atrocities, like the Nemmersdorf massacre,[30] were also, in part, exaggerated and spread by the Nazi propaganda machine. Many of these ethnic Germans also fled to the future East Germany, within the Eastern Bloc.

Fleeing and expelled ethnic Germans in the Eastern Bloc at the end of the war

Conditions in the Eastern Bloc

Sudeten Germans expelled after World War II Further information: Flight and expulsion of Germans from Poland during and after World War II, Flight and expulsion of Germans from Czechoslovakia during and after World War II, and Expulsion of Germans from Romania after World War II At the end of, and following World War II, at least twelve million ethnic German Volksdeutsche or Reichsdeutsche fled or were expelled[17][18][19][20], mostly in and from Soviet-occupied territories becoming the Eastern Bloc, making it the largest movement of any European people in modern history.[18][21] The expulsions had been agreed

A line for the distribution of cooking oil in Bucharest, Romania in May 1986 Further information: Eastern Bloc, Eastern Bloc information dissemination, Eastern Bloc politics, and Eastern Bloc economies Throughout the Eastern Bloc, both in the Soviet Socialist Republic and the rest of the

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German expellees Expelled from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Memel Territory German areas annexed into Poland
territories east of the Oder-Neisse line annexed into Poland by the Soviet Union

Ethnic German popula- Fled or tion 1944/1945 expelled 256,000 10,000,000 256,000 7,400,000

Died during flight or expulsion 66,000 1,225,000

Poland
excluding former eastern territories of Germany

1,400,000

675,000

263,000

Romania Czechoslovakia Hungary Yugoslavia Totals

785,000 3,274,000 597,000 550,000 16,862,000

347,000 2,921,000 259,000 523,000

101,000 238,000 53,000 135,000

12,381,000 2,081,000 prerequisite for the security of Communist power within the Eastern Bloc, though the degree of opposition and dissident suppression varied by country and time throughout the Bloc.[35] In addition, media in the Eastern Bloc served as an organ of the state, completely reliant on, and subservient to, the ruling Communist parties, with radio and television organizations being state-owned, while print media was usually owned by political organizations, mostly by the ruling Communist party.[36] Furthermore, the Eastern Bloc experienced economic mis-development by central planners resulting in those countries following a path of extensive rather than intensive development, and lagged far behind their western European counterparts in per capita Gross Domestic Product.[37] Empty shelves in shops even in East Germany provided an open reminder of the inaccuracy of propaganda regarding purported magnificent and uninterrupted economic progress.[38]

Bloc, Russia was given prominence, and referred to as the naibolee vydajuščajasja nacija (the most prominent nation) and the rukovodjaščij narod (the leading people).[9] The Soviets encouraged the worship of everything Russian and the reproduction of their own Communist structural hierarchies in each of the Bloc states.[9] The defining characteristic of communism implemented in the Eastern Bloc was the unique symbiosis of the state with society and the economy, resulting in politics and economics losing their distinctive features as autonomous and distinguishable spheres.[32] Initially, Stalin directed systems that rejected Western institutional characteristics of market economies, democratic governance (dubbed "bourgeois democracy" in Soviet parlance) and the rule of law subduing discretional intervention by the state.[33] The Soviets mandated mandated expropriation and etatization of private property.[34] The Soviet-style "replica regimes" that arose in the Bloc not only reproduced Soviet command economies, but also adopted the brutal methods employed by Joseph Stalin and Soviet secret police to suppress real and potential opposition.[34] Communist regimes in the Eastern Bloc saw even marginal groups of opposition intellectuals as a potential threat because of the bases underlying Communist power therein.[35] The suppression of dissidence and opposition was a central

Emigration restrictions
Emigration restrictions for Soviet Socialist Republics
Further information: Soviet Border Troops, Refusenik, and Passport system in the Soviet Union

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Soviet poster of the 1920s: The GPU strikes on the head the counter-revolutionary saboteur. Although the first program of the Bolshevik movement in Russia included a demand for "abolition of passports",[39] just two months after the Russian Revolution of 1917, the new regime instituted passport controls and forbade the exit of belligerent nationals.[40] The reasoning was partly because emigration was conflated with opposition to the socialist state and also for fear that emigration would inflate opposition armies.[40] The 1918 Treaty of Brest-Litovsk obligated Russia to allow emigration of non-Russians who wanted German citizenship, but the regime attempted to reduce this flow by allowing it during only one month.[40] Beginning in 1919, travel abroad required the approval of the NKVD, with the additional consent of the Special Department of the Cheka added in 1920.[40] In 1922, after the Treaty on the Creation of the USSR, both the Ukrainian SSR and the Russian SFSR issued general rules for travel that foreclosed virtually all departures, making legal emigration all but impossible.[41] However, the Soviet Union could not control its borders until a system of border guards was created through a special corp of the Rare Soviet "type 2" visa for permanent emigration Gosudarstvennoye Politicheskoye Upravlenie (GPU), such that by 1928, even illegal departure was all but impossible.[41] In 1929, even more strict controls were introduced, decreeing that any Soviet official serving abroad who went over "to the camp of the enemies of the working class and the peasants" and refused to return would be executed within twenty four hours of being apprehended.[42] In 1932, as Stalin’s first Five Year Plan forced collectivization, to allocate scarce housing and weed out "nonproductive" elements, internal passport controls were introduced.[42] When combined with individual city Propiska ("place of residence") permits, and internal freedom of movement restrictions often called the 101st kilometre, these rules greatly restricted mobility within even small areas.[42] When the Soviet Constitution of 1936 was promulgated, virtually no legal emigration took place, except for very limited family reunification and some forced deportations.[42] Very small numbers snuck into Romania, Persia and

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Manchuria, but the bulk of the population remained essentially captive.[43] Moskovskaya Pravda later described the decision to emigrate as "unnatural and like burying someone alive."[44] Those wishing to leave were viewed not just as deserters, but traitors.[44] The mobilization of labor in the Soviet Union was not feasible if emigration remained an option with the relative low standard of living that exited at that time.[45] Soviet Premiere Nikita Kruschev later stated "We were scared, really scared. We were afraid the thaw might unleash a flood, which we wouldn’t be able to control and which could drown us. How could it drown us? It could have overflowed the banks of the Soviet riverbed and formed a tidal wave that which would have washed away all the barriers and retaining walls of our society."[44] In addition, emigration restrictions were used to keep secrecy about life in the Soviet Union.[46] Starting in 1935, Joseph Stalin had already effectively sealed off outside access to the Soviet Socialist Republics (and until his death), effectively permitting no foreign travel inside the Soviet Union such that outsiders did not know of the political processes that had taken place therein.[47] During this period, and even for 25 years after Stalin’s 1953 death, the few diplomats and foreign correspondents that were permitted inside the Soviet Union were usually restricted to within a few miles of Moscow, while their phones were tapped, their residences were restricted to foreigner-only locations and they were constantly followed by Soviet authorities. [47] Dissenters who approached such foreigners were arrested.[46] For many years after World War II, even the best informed foreigners did not know the number of arrested or executed Soviet citizens, or how poorly the Soviet economy had performed.[46]

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were ethnic Germans fleeing repression or forced expulsion.[49] Until the early 1950s, the lines between German occupation zones could be easily crossed.[50] Taking advantage of this route, the number of Eastern Europeans applying for political asylum in West Germany was 197,000 in 1950, 165,000 in 1951, 182,000 in 1952 and 331,000 in 1953,[50] One reason for the sharp 1953 increase was fear of potential further Sovietization with the increasingly paranoid actions of Joseph Stalin in late 1952 and early 1953.[51] 226,000 had fled in the just the first six months of 1953.[38] Because of the lack of resources and space in West Germany, at the request of Truman in 1952, the United States increased its resettlement admissions quotas under the United States Escapee Program (USEP).[50] After the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, 171,000 Hungarian refugees had crossed the border into Austria, while 20,000 crossed into Yugoslavia.[52] In 1948, in the debate of a Universal Declaration of Human rights, the Soviets objected to the language that "everyone has the right to leave any country including his own."[53] Arguing that "it would encourage emigration", the Soviets wanted to add the phrase "in accordance with the procedure laid down in the laws of that country", with only Poland and Saudi Arabia supporting the Soviet proposal.[53]

Emigration restriction and the German zonal border
Further information: Schießbefehl and Iron Curtain, Grepo, and Border Troops of the German Democratic Republic

1945 to 1950 mass eastern Europe emigration westward
After Soviet occupation of Eastern Europe at the end of World War II, the majority of those living in the newly acquired areas of the Eastern Bloc aspired to independence and wanted the Soviets to leave.[48] Before 1950, over 15 million immigrants emigrated from Soviet-occupied eastern European countries to the west in the five years immediately following World War II, though many of these

Soviet tanks at Checkpoint Charlie in 1961

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Up until 1952, the lines between Sovietoccupied eastern Germany and the western occupied zones could be easily crossed in most places.[58] Accordingly, before 1961, most of that east-west flow took place between East and West Germany, with over 3.5 million East Germans emigrating to West Germany before the 1961,[59][60] which comprised most of the total net emigration of 4.0 million emigrants from all of Central and Eastern Europe between 1950 to 1959.[61] In response to growing numbers crossing the borders, the Soviet Union instituted tighter border controls around their zone, the Inner German border.[58] In 1955, the Soviet Union passed a law transferring control over civilian access in Berlin to East Germany, which officially abdicated the Soviets from direct responsibility of matters therein, while passing control to a regime not recognized in the west.[62] When large numbers of East Germans then defected under the guise of "visits", the new East German state essentially eliminated all travel to the west in 1956.[58] Soviet East German ambassador Mikhail Pervukhin observed that "the presence in Berlin of an open and essentially uncontrolled border between the socialist and capitalist worlds unwittingly prompts the population to make a comparison between both parts of the city, which unfortunately, does not always turn out in favor of the Democratic [East] Berlin."[63] With the closing of the Inner German border officially in 1952,[63] the city sector border in Berlin remained considerably more accessible than the rest of the border because it was administered by all four occupying powers.[58] Accordingly, Berlin became the main route by which East Germans left for the West.[64] East Germany introduced a new passport law on December 11, 1957 that reduced the overall number of refugees leaving East Germany, while drastically increasing the percentage of those leaving through West Berlin from 60% to well over 90% by the end of 1958.[63] Those actually caught trying to leave East Berlin were subjected to heavy penalties, but with no physical barrier and even subway train access to West Berlin, such measures were ineffective.[65] Accordingly, the Berlin sector border was essentially a "loophole" through which East Bloc citizens could still escape.[63] The 3.5 million East Germans that had left by 1961 totaled

Helmstedt-Marienborn border crossing wall and guard tower Restrictions implemented in the Eastern Bloc during the Cold War stopped most East-West migration, with only 13.3 million migrations westward between 1950 and 1990.[54] By the early 1950s, the Soviet approach to controlling national movement was emulated by most of the rest of the Eastern Bloc (along with China, Mongolia and North Korea).[55] A Hungarian economist stated that "it was quite obvious that the socialist countries -like other countries -- intend to prevent their professionals, trained at the expense of their society, from being used to enrich other countries."[55] Eastern European spokesmen maintained that they were keeping would-be emigrants from suffering from insufficient linguistic and cultural preparation.[56] They also stressed the debt that individuals owed to socialist states, which offered care from birth, including subsidized education and training[56] and, thus, they justified the emigration restrictions as an "education tax" with the states having a right to recoup its investment.[56] Open emigration policies would create a "brain drain", forcing the state to readjust its wage structure at a cost to other economic priorities.[57] Bulgarian and Romanian representatives had long argued that they could not afford to match western salaries and, with emigration restrictions, they "would become like Africa."[57] The restrictions presented a quandary for some Eastern Bloc stated that had been more economically advanced and open than the Soviet Union, such that crossing borders seemed more natural -- especially between where no prior border existed between East and West Germany.[57]

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approximately 20% of the entire East German population.[65]

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credibility and economic viability of East Germany that the re-securing of the Soviet imperial frontier was imperative.[69] At the same time, there were positive consequences of the emigration, including the removal of anti-Russian nationalists and vocal opponents, which might have helped East Germany to avoid some of the unrest that developed in Hungary, Poland and Czechoslovakia. [70]

"Brain drain"
The emigrants tended to be young and well educated, leading to the brain drain feared by officials in East Germany.[48] Yuri Andropov, then the the CPSU Director on Relations with Communist and Workers Parties of Socialist Countries, wrote an urgent August 28, 1958 letter to the Central Committee about the significant 50% increase in the number of East German intelligentsia among the refugees.[66] Andropov reported that, while the East German leadership stated that they were leaving for economic reasons, testimony from refugees indicated that the reasons were more political than material.[66] He stated "the flight of the intelligentsia has reached a particularly critical phase."[66] SED leader Walter Ulbricht saw not only a problem from "brain drain", but also the Grenzanger problem of 50,000 East Berliner working in East Berlin.[66] Rural citizens disaffected after collectivization campaigns also caused the flight of tens of thousands of farmers, including one third of the wealthier farmers, leaving over 10% of East Germany’s arable land fallow and resulting in food shortages.[38] The farmers that remained were disinclined to do more than produce for their own needs because fixed procurement prices meant little profit, and conspicuous production invited hasty inclusion in a collective or state farm.[67] The exodus intensified existing shortages of goods and services in the shortage economy.[67] By 1960, the combination of World War II and the massive emigration westward left East Germany with only 61% of its population of working age, compared to 70.5% before the war.[65] The loss was disproportionately heavy among professionals -- engineers, technicians, physicians, teachers, lawyers and skilled workers.[65] The direct cost of manpower losses has been estimated at $7 billion to $9 billion, with East German party leader Walter Ulbricht later claiming that West Germany owed him $17 billion in compensation, including reparations as well as manpower losses.[65] In addition, the drain of East Germany’s young population potentially cost it over 22.5 billion marks in lost educational investment.[68] The brain drain of professionals had become so damaging to the political

After the Berlin Wall

Berlin Wall 1975

The body of East German Peter Fechter lying next to the Berlin Wall just after being shot in 1962 while trying to escape to the west Further information: der and Berlin Wall Inner German bor-

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Country Albania Bulgaria Total Under 1,000 431,000 % of Pop 0.0% 5.3% Notes

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1946-1982; no emigration[80] 1946-1982; 300,000 ethnic Turks to Turkey[80]

Czechoslovakia 1,973,000 14.0% 1946-1982; 1.57 million Germans expelled in 1946 and 200,000 Czechs fled during the 1968 Soviet invasion[81] East Germany Hungary Poland Romania Soviet Union 3,365,000 19.8% 1948-1982; almost all before Berlin Wall in 1961 332,000 3.3% 1946-1982; 200,000 fled during Hungarian Revolution of 1956[82] 1946-1982; 1.3 million Aussiedler (German origin through East German program)[83][84] 1946-1982; many were Aussiedler (ethnic Germans)[80] 1948-1982; All ethnic Jews, Germans and Armenians; other emigration impossible except for ethnic and familial[79][85] Thereafter, only 5,000 crossed the Berlin Wall between 1961 and 1989.[75] Consequently, after the erection of the Wall, the total net emigration from Central and Eastern Europe fell even further to 1.9 million between 1960 and 1969, 1.1 million between 1970 and 1979.[61] This increased somewhat to 2.3 million between 1980 and 1989 with increased ethnic emigration after Mikhail Gorbachev came to power in the mid-1980s.[76] More than 75% of those emigrating from Eastern Bloc countries between 1950 and 1990 did so under bilateral agreements for "ethnic migration"[54], and religious minorities, such as those from from Bulgaria (ethnic Turks and other Muslims), Poland (ethnic Germans, ethnic Hungarians and Jews), Romania (ethnic Germans, ethnic Hungarians, Jews) and Yugoslavia (ethnic Turks and other Muslims).[61][77] Most Soviets allowed to leave during this time period were ethnic Jews permitted to emigrate to Israel after a series of embarrassing defections in 1970 caused the Soviets to open very limited ethnic emigrations.[78] About 10% of emigrants were refugee migrants under the Geneva Convention of 1951.[54] Emigration from Eastern Bloc countries was as follows:[79] Emigration from Eastern Bloc countries through 1982 Albania’s tight security allowed almost no emigration, while almost all of East Germany’s emigration before the erection of the Berlin Wall.[86] Because of East Germany’s cultural affinity with West Germany and the

1,877,000 6.0% 424,000 500,000 2.2% 0.2%

Even with the Inner German border strengthening, emigration through Berlin began to swell, with 1444,000 in 1949, 199,000 in 1960 and 207,000 in the first seven months of 1961 alone.[71] Orderly planning had become almost impossible in East Germany, with entire towns existing without physicians, crops going unharvested and fifty-five year-olds put to work running street cars.[71] The East German economy was on the verge of collapse.[71] With fears of drastic action in Berlin, on July 15, 1961 Ulbricht called a rare press conference, insisting that "no one has any intention of building a wall," but made clear that "the outflow has to stop."[71] He added "it goes without saying that the socalled refugee camps in West Berlin" -- the transit camps at which refugees were processed en route from West Berlin to West Germany -- "will be closed down."[72] On August 13, 1961, barbed-wire barrier that would become the Berlin Wall separating East and West Berlin was erected by East Germany.[69] Two days later, police and army engineers began to construct a more permanent concrete wall.[72] The construction briefly caused fears of a military crisis, though only 11,000 western troops were located in Berlin compared to 500,000 Soviet troops surrounding them deployed in East Germany.[73] Along with the wall, the 830 mile zonal border became 3.5 miles wide on its East German side in some parts of Germany with a tall steel-mesh fence running along a "death strip" bordered by bands of plowed earth, to slow and to reveal the prints of those trying to escape, and mined fields.[74]

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viewing of West German television depicting western life throughout most of East Germany, East Germany was more prone to population loss.[86]

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punishable by one to three years in prison, even in cases where the destination was another Eastern Bloc country; and (ii) traveling to a non-Eastern Bloc state was considered treason against the nation."[89] To remove the temptation for such treason, the Soviets invested heavily in border controls, with lengthy criminal rules regarding approaching a border region.[89] Almost no emigration occurred from the Soviet Union in the 1950s and 1960s, except for ethnic Armenians returning to Armenia.[90] In 1973, the United States Congress made liberalizing the Soviet emigration policy a prerequisite for lifting trade barriers, resulting in the emigration of 370,000 Soviet citizens, mostly ethnic Jews.[90] A second wave of emigration started in 1986-87, after Mikhail Gorbachev came to power, with most emigrants being ethnic Jews, ethnic Germans, Armenians, Greeks or Pentacostals.[90] Because of various international accords, non-Soviet Eastern Bloc countries did not explicitly ban emigration.[57] Instead, they introduced a long series of approvals and applicant must obtain beyond the passport office -- including local police, employers and the state housing commission -- with no time limit set for action.[77] Applications could be denied, without appeal, on a variety of subjective grounds, such as national security and "the interest of the state."[77] Much was left to administrative discretion and unpublished internal directives, with the odds against eventually receiving after years of the process being extremely high.[77] Like in the Soviet Union, attempting to leave without permissions to a non-Eastern Bloc state was punishable as treason, with Albania and Romania invoking the death penalty for such offenses. [77] Even after families applied to leave to join refugees fleeing during the confusion of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, Czechoslovakian authorities informed them "it is contrary to the State’s interest to allow Czechoslovak citizens longterm private sojourns abroad, and that includes emigration.[91] However, emigration was also used as a sort of release valve to hasten the departure of limited prominent vocal dissenters.[92] In 1964, Yugoslavia became the only communist country in Europe to allow its citizens to emigrate.[61] Others qualified as refugees claiming to "escape" during crises, such as those fleeing during the Hungarian

A ration card for milk from 1983 from the People’s Republic of Poland Providing further emigration pressure was the growing gap in living standards between western Europe and the Eastern Bloc after the 1960s.[87] Everyday complaints over consumer goods, supplies or wages could all too readily lead to comparisons with Western conditions.[87] The quality of goods displayed by "aunts" and Intershops, where visitors would buy premium goods with foreign currency (see also Beryozka, Pewex, Tuzex and Corecom), heightened Easterners’ sense of their second-class status and this, in turn, impacted upon their perception of economic arrangements in their own country.[87] Walter Freidrich, directer of the Leipzig Institute, complained that "shortcomings and weaknesses in our own country (e.g., problems with supply of consumer goods and spare parts; media policy; rose tinted perspectives; real democratic participation, etc) are coming increasingly into focus and subjected to sharper criticisms. To a growing extent, doubt is cast on the superiority of socialism."[88] Stasi reports complained about individuals who had been given privileged access to travel to the West for work with "stories of the ’overwhelming range of commodities available . . . or with reports of East German goods on sale there at knock-down prices."[88]

Legal restrictive mechanisms
Defection attempts from Soviet Socialist Republics were governed by two laws: (i) traveling without a passport was a crime

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Revolution of 1956, the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, the Polish Solidarity events and various events that occurred in East Germany, Bulgaria and Albania in the late 1980s.[61]

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The Helsinki Accords of 1975 were an important Cold War-era agreement signed by most European countries, including those of the Eastern Bloc, the United States and Canada. It governed various territorial agreements, frontier disputes, human rights, the threat of force and other items. The "third basket" of the Helsinki Accords contained pledges to uphold rights to international travel, family contact and freedom of information, and to promote cultural exchanges.[93] In East Germany, while the government downplayed the existence of this provision in media, as potential emigrants came to slowly perceive that exit visas might be attainable to some, 7,200 first time applicants applied in the late 1970s.[93] East Germany exported 70,000 political prisoners to West Germany, in exchange for 70,000 Deutsche Marks per head paid by West Germany, which netted East Germany 3.4 billion Deutsche marks at a time when it was in financial crisis.[93] East Germany viewed the payments they received for the release not as ransom, but as compensation of the damage such individuals inflict on socialist order, as well as reimbursement for their costs of education. [94] However, letting some leave legally set a dangerous precedent, including the long term threat of the general public strongly moving for a right to emigrate.[93] The Central Committee in 1988 warned that "the necessary commitment to preventing attempts to emigrate is not present in many", "the required prevailing atmosphere of opposition to these phenomena has not yet been achieved" and trade union "functionaries or brigade leaders sometimes state that they fail to understand why these citizens are not permitted to emigrate."[93] The regimes’ strategy was to grant applications selectively and with long delays in a process that was designed to be demeaning, frustrating and leading to years of applicants waiting for a leaving date that would never arrive.[93] In addition, while waiting, applicants were subject to baleful discrimination, faced workplace firing or demotion, were denied university access and were forced to relinquish their passports resulting in the denial of travel rights even within their country or residence.[93] A breakthrough occurred when,, in 1984, twenty five Czechoslovakians occupied a West German embassy in Prague demanding asylum in the west while seven East Germans did so in the library of the

Circumventing the Helsinki Accords

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United States Berlin embassy. [95] The authorities relented, and that year witnessed a huge rise in legal emigration,[95] with applications swelling to 57,6000 that year, 29,800 of which were granted.[93] Small groups of organized applicants had already held vigils calling for legal emigration since the late 1970s.[95] The movement and application figures grew by the late 1980s as the east-west prosperity gap widened resulting in West German citizenship looking more attractive, while authorities were at a loss how to address the application rise.[96] Increasing visa grants in the late 1980s accompanying a 1988 decision to prioritize those for citizens who engaged in protests provided incentives to further expand the movement.[96] The East German SED party conceded that "[t]he emigration problem is confronting us with a fundamental problem of [East Germany]’s development" and this challenge "threatens to undermine beliefs in the correctness of the party’s policies."[96] The move accompanied a growing dissolving of confidence that the problems facing socialism could ever be solved and whether that system was the future.[96] By the late 1980s, Hungary had allowed citizens over fifty five years old to leave and liberalized family reunification emigration, along with increased travel permissions.[97] Romania also liberalized emigration for family reunification purposes.[97] By the mid-1980s, East Germany extended its program receiving payment for political prisoner release to the west to include "family reunification." [94] The political prisoner payments became so large, that East Germany accounted for them in their state economic planning process.[94] Emigration restriction iberalisation in 1989 followed another flood of outmigration to West Germany during the Revolutions of 1989 indirectly through third countries -- such as Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Poland -- which accelerated the demise of the East German government when the closure of the borders precipitated demonstrations.[86]

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Svetlana Alliluyeva, the daughter of Joseph Stalin in 2005. Alliluyeva defected in 1967 via New Delhi and denounced Stalin’s regime and the Soviet government. In 1984 she returned to the USSR, where she applied for and were granted Soviet citizenship. to use ingenious methods to evade frontier security.[86] In East Germany, the term Republikflucht (fugitives from the Republic) was used for anyone wishing to leave to non-socialist countries. Republikflucht attempts to leave the East Germany constituted a criminal act and carried severe penalties. Regarding the reasoning for such restrictions, a propaganda booklet published by the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED) in 1955 for the use of party agitators outlined the seriousness of ’flight from the republic’, stating "leaving the GDR is an act of political and moral backwardness and depravity", and "workers throughout Germany will demand punishment for those who today leave the German Democratic Republic, the strong bastion of the fight for peace, to serve the deadly enemy of the German people, the imperialists and militarists".[98] Moreover, an attempt to flee via East Germany’s fortified borders involved considerable personal risk of injury or death. Estimates for those killed attempting to escape over the Berlin Wall range from 136 to just over 200.[99][100] About 75,000 people were caught and imprisoned. Famous defectors include Joseph Stalin’s daughter Svetlana Alliluyeva (though she returned in 1984), Mig-25 pilot Viktor Belenko, U.N. Undersecretary General Arkady Shevchenko, chess grand master Viktor Korchnoy, ballet stars Mikhail Baryshnikov, Natalia Makarova and Alexander Godunov.[101] Famous East German defectors include author Wolfgang Leonhard, East German soldier Conrad Schumann who was

Defectors
Further information: List of Eastern Bloc defectors and Republikflucht Although international movement was, for the most part, strictly controlled, there was a steady loss through escapees who were able

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photographed jumping the Berlin wall while under construction and a number of European football players, including Jörg Berger. While media sources often reported high level defections, non-prominent defections usually went unreported.[102] The number of non-public "black stream" defectors is not known.[101] On June 15, 1970, twelve mostly Jewish defectors were caught attempting to escape via aircraft, and were assigned harsh sentences, including death sentence for the two leaders, which was later commuted to 15 years in a labor camp.[103] At least six attempted skyjacking defection attempts were made from Armenia, the Soviet Union and Lithuania from 1970 to 1971.[103] Many pilots were able to defect from communist countries to the west because they enjoyed access to aircraft. A more comprehensive compiling of defectors exists in the List of Eastern Bloc defectors.

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End of restrictions
East German border guard viewed through a hole in the Berlin Wall in 1990 border fence, and Monday demonstrations in East Germany Following the Brezhnev stagnation, reformminded Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1985 signaled the trend toward greater liberalization. The Soviet Union was facing a period of severe economic decline and needed Western technology. Subsidies to foreign client states further strained the moribund Soviet economy. The first signs of major reform came in 1986 when Gorbachev launched a policy of glasnost (openness) in the Soviet Union, and emphasized the need for perestroika (economic restructuring). Though glasnost advocated openness and political criticism, at the time, it was only permitted in accordance with the political views of the ruling powers. The general public in the Eastern bloc were still threatened by secret police and political repression. Believing Gorbachev’s reform initiatives would be short-lived, orthodox Communist rulers like East Germany’s Erich Honecker, People’s Republic of Bulgaria’s Todor Zhivkov, Czechoslovak Socialist Republic’s Gustáv Husák, and People’s Republic of

East German border guards look through a hole in the Berlin Wall in 1990

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restrictions with Austria. The next month, more than 13,000 East German tourists in Hungary escaped to Austria, while Hungary prevented a larger number of East Germans from crossing the border, returning them to Budapest. The Monday demonstrations in East Germany (German: Montagsdemonstrationen) began, with East German protesters demanding rights such as the freedom to travel to foreign countries and to elect a democratic government. With regard to East Germans demanding emigration rights in Czechoslovakia, East German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher negotiated an agreement that allowed them to travel to the West, in trains that had to pass first through East Germany. When the trains passed Dresden central station in early October, police forces had to stop people from trying to jump on the trains. By October 9, 1989, just after the celebrations for the 40th anniversary of East Germany thousands of protesters gathered , what had begun as a few hundred gatherers at the Nikolai Church in East Berlin chanting "Wir sind das Volk!" ("We are the people!"). Although some demonstrators were arrested, the threat of large-scale intervention by security forces never materialized, with SED leader Helmut Hackenberg and others not receiving precise orders for such action from a surprised East Berlin. These were followed by even larger protests exceeding 300,000 the next week. East German leader Honecker remained opposed to internal reform, with his regime even going so far as forbidding the circulation of Soviet publications that it viewed as subversive. Faced with ongoing civil unrest, the ruling Socialist Unity Party (SED) deposed Honecker in mid-October, and replaced him with Egon Krenz. A wave of refugees left East Germany for the West through Czechoslovakia, which was tolerated by the new Krenz government and in agreement with the communist Czechoslovak government. In order to ease the complications, the Krenz-led politburo had decided on November 9 to allow East Germans to travel directly to West Berlin the next day. As rumors spread, before the regulations went into effect, on the night of November 9, tens of thousands of Easter Berliners flooded Checkpoint Charlie and other checkpoints along the wall, crossing into East Berlin. The surprised and overwhelmed border guards made many hectic telephone calls

West Germans curiously peer at East German border guards through a hole in the wall Romania’s Nicolae Ceauşescu obstinately ignored the calls for change.[105] "When your neighbor puts up new wallpaper, it doesn’t mean you have to too," declared one East German politburo member.[106] By 1989, the Soviet Union had repealed the Brezhnev Doctrine in favor of non-intervention in the internal affairs of its Warsaw Pact allies, termed the Sinatra Doctrine in a joking reference to the song "My Way". A wave of Revolutions of 1989, sometimes called the "Autumn of Nations",[107] swept across the Eastern Bloc.[108] In the People’s Republic of Poland in April 1989, the Solidarity organization was legalized, allowed to participate in parliamentary elections and captured a stunning 99 out of the 100 available parliamentary seats (with the one remaining seat taken by an independent candidate). Hungary had achieved some lasting economic reforms and limited political liberalization during the 1980s, but major reforms only occurred following the replacement of János Kádár as General Secretary of the Communist Party in 1988. In August 1989, the People’s Republic of Hungary removed its physical border

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to their superiors, but it became clear that there was no one among the East German authorities who would dare to take personal responsibility for issuing orders to use lethal force, so there was no way for the vastly outnumbered soldiers to hold back the huge crowd of East German citizens. In the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic, following the suppression of a student protest in Prague, increasing protests swelled to an estimated half-million Czechs demanding freedoms. A two-hour general strike, involving all citizens of Czechoslovakia, was held on November 27, 1989. Barbed wire and other obstructions were removed from the border with West Germany and Austria in early December. The next day, the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia announced that it would relinquish power and dismantle the single-party state. On December 10, President Gustáv Husák appointed the first largely non-Communist government in Czechoslovakia since 1948, and resigned, in what was called the Velvet Revolution. In the People’s Republic of Bulgaria, on November 10, 1989 — the day after the mass crossings across the Berlin Wall — Bulgaria’s long-serving leader Todor Zhivkov was ousted by his Politburo and replaced with Petar Mladenov. In February 1990 the Party voluntarily gave up its claim on power and in June 1990 the first free elections since 1931 were held, won by the moderate wing of the Communist Party, renamed the Bulgarian Socialist Party.

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Communist uprisings sweeping the rest of Eastern Europe. As Ceauşescu prepared to go on a state visit to Iran, on December 16, 1989, his Securitate ordered the arrest and exile of a local Hungarian-speaking Calvinist minister, László Tőkés for sermons offending the regime. Rioting followed the arrest. Returning from Iran, Ceauşescu ordered a mass rally in his support outside Communist Party headquarters in Bucharest. However, to his shock, the crowd booed as he spoke. Mass protests followed, with about 100,000 protesters occupying Operei Square chanting anti-government protests: "Noi suntem poporul!" ("We are the people!"), "Armata e cu noi!" ("The army is on our side!"), "Nu vă fie frică, Ceauşescu pică!" ("Have no fear, Ceauşescu will fall"). The Romanian military changed sides, turning on Ceauşescu, who was executed after a brief trial three days later. Technically the Wall remained guarded for some time after November 9, though at a decreasing intensity. On June 13, 1990, the official dismantling of the Wall by the East German military began in Bernauer Straße. On July 1, the day East Germany adopted the West German currency, all border controls ceased, although the inter-German border had become meaningless for some time before that. That month, the final obstacle to German reunification was removed when West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl convinced Gorbachev to drop Soviet objections to a reunited Germany within NATO in return for substantial German economic aid to the Soviet Union.

See also
• • • • • • • Soviet Empire Soviet occupations Post-Soviet states Iron Curtain Western world Telephone tapping in the Eastern Bloc List of Soviet Union defections

Operei Square in Timişoara Unlike other Eastern Bloc countries, the People’s Republic of Romania, had never undergone even limited de-Stalinization. In November 1989, Ceauşescu, then aged 71, was re-elected for another five years as leader of the Romanian Communist Party, signaling that he intended to ride out the anti-

Notes
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[23] Detlef Brandes, Der Weg zur Vertreibung 1938-1945: Pläne und Entscheidungen zum "Transfer" der Deutschen aus der Tschechoslowakei und aus Polen, Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag, 2005, pp.398ff, ISBN 3486567314 [2] [24] Klaus Rehbein, Die westdeutsche Oder/ Neisse-Debatte: Hintergründe, Prozess und Ende des Bonner Tabus, LIT Verlag Berlin-Hamburg-Münster, 2005, pp.19,20, ISBN 3825893405 [3] [25] Overy (1996). The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Third Reich. pp. 111. [26] Christoph Bergner, Secretary of State in Germany’s Bureau for Inner Affairs, outlines the stance of the respective governmental institutions in Deutschlandfunk on 29 November 2006, [4] [27] Foundation Centre Against Expulsions, data and sources, [5] [28] Statistisches Bundesamt, Die deutschen Vertreibungsverluste, Wiesbaden, Kohlhammer Verlag, Stuttgart 1958, pp.38,45,46. [29] Matthew J. Gibney, Randall Hansen, Immigration and Asylum: From 1900 to the Present, 2005, pp.197,198, ISBN 1576077969, 9781576077962 [30] ^ Matthew J. Gibney, Randall Hansen, Immigration and Asylum: From 1900 to the Present, 2005, p.198, ISBN 1576077969, 9781576077962 [31] Earl R. Beck, Under the Bombs: The German Home Front, 1942-1945, University Press of Kentucky, 1999, p.176, ISBN 0813109779 [32] Hardt & Kaufman 1995, p. 11 [33] Hardt & Kaufman 1995, p. 12 [34] ^ Roht-Arriaza 1995, p. 83 [35] ^ Pollack & Wielgohs 2004, p. xiv [36] O’Neil, Patrick (1997). Post-communism and the Media in Eastern Europe. Routledge. ISBN 0714647659. [37] Hardt & Kaufman 1995, p. 15-17 [38] ^ Dale 2005, p. 17 [39] Dowty 1989, p. 67 [40] ^ Dowty 1989, p. 68 [41] ^ Dowty 1989, p. 69 [42] ^ Dowty 1989, p. 70 [43] Dowty 1989, p. 71 [44] ^ Dowty 1989, p. 74 [45] Dowty 1989, p. 73 [46] ^ Laqueur 1994, p. 23 [47] ^ Laqueur 1994, p. 22 [48] ^ Thackeray 2004, p. 188

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• Retracing the Berlin Wall • Berlin Wall: Past and Present • The Lost Border: Photographs of the Iron Curtain • One lucky escape from Communist Romania to the United States

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• Comprehensive Gallery (1961 to 1990) from the website Chronicle of the Wall • Virtual e-Tours "The Wall" Shockwave Player required • The Lost Border: Photographs of the Iron Curtain • (Italian) Borders: spotting the past along Berlin death strip. 2007 BW photo gallery. • Information about the Iron Curtain with a detailed map and how to make it by bike • 1996 Interview with Viktor Belenko, who escaped in a Mig-25 Foxbat

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