i've always wanted to show you around my hometown a small city in the state of hessen in the heart of germany. there are more than 1000 half timbered houses here. and if you're lucky you'll hear the bells ring at the market place. when i was born to go was located on the fringe of the german federal republic germany's and our border right only a few kilometers from here that separated has end to lincoln and germany and all of europe for that matter into east and west but in 1909 the wall came down in berlin and the border between east germany and the federal republic was opened for the past 30 years now and spigot has been at the heart of germany. today i want to take you on a little tour along the border between hassett and well visit places that still bear witness to the cold war division of germany and that's mick tim's and we'll find out what has changed since reunification turning a once heavily fortified death strip and so unattractive tourist destination. we'll visit a small town torn apart in the cold war. well check out castle one of the symbols of german reunification. and g
begins on the other side in hessen close enough to touch but in cold war times in accessible. tells me that was directly in the restricted area the bridge was impassable. dance the bridge was a very important reason it's from the holy roman empire. it was on the via reg from likes to frankfurt. we liked it very much and we were able to cross it until 1952. my aunt lived in that house on the border and then that ended here. there were more and more fences built 1st a wire mesh fence and then a watch tower was built on the bridge and then everything was closed off. there was nothing around this cause it was like a no man's land. how did people try to escape through the data yes of course. very often my brother escaped in 1962 that he was a student and try back and he and his friends played jazz and that got them into trouble . so they swam across august 1 19140. try and say to did they succeed they made it yes and no member of 989 the border opened what was that like your family was reunited so was germany euphoria must have been immense i suppose that's the best of us it's the.
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