Deutschlandspiegel 419/1989 1989


01 fashion made in Germany old House. Fashion studio apartment. Designers design fashion. Fashion dolls. Substances. Trade fair. Barbara Bernstorff, one of the most successful German Modestylistinnen. Mannequins show off summer fashion in 1990. "Chiquita", colourful folklore style with soft substances.
(55 m) 02. Walter Kempowski, writer Walter Kempowski goes through the garden of his house in Northern Germany. He is working at his desk. Photos of his hometown of Rostock. Ceremony of the writer in Lübeck for his 60th birthday.
Black and white: Young man take leave from his home in the East zone. Crossing borders moat, in background lit border."
Walter Kempowski reads from his work. Kempowski at the border crossing, with his wife, which he went to the West at the time. His works Chronicle of an escape - "Sisyphus".
(63 m) 03 EC internal market Paris Arc de Triomphe, London Tower Bridge, Cologne Cathedral, Rome Colosseum. Black and white: Founding the European economic community in 1957 in Rome with 6 European countries. Signing of the deed with Adenauer."
Map of the 12 EC States 1992 driving recording track. Car traffic. Loading of goods. Clearance of freight traffic on the border. TRUCK driver with truck Kühne and Nagel. Image filling cherries, asparagus, strawberries, vegetable market, supermarket.
(63 m) 04. The Lahn paddlers on the Lahn between forested shores. People drink wine in wine bars on the shore. Burg Nassau on the Lahn. Spa bad EMS. Lahn steamer. Anglers on the banks. Bath Lahnstein.
(50 m) 05. State visit Michail Gorbatschow in the Federal Republic girl with a Russian flag. Gorbachev is in addition to Federal President Richard von Weizsäcker. Raisa Gorbatschowa in addition to Marianne von Weizsäcker. Gorbachev and von Weizsäcker step out front of the stand. Villa Hammerschmidt with group portrait. Gorbachev visits sophisticated technologies with von Weizsäcker and Lothar Späth. Industrial robot pours from the bottle of wine. Wagon train moves forward. Helmut Kohl welcomes Michail Gorbatschow. The signing of a joint declaration by Gorbachev and Kohl. Handshake. Bonner marketplace. Before the Town Hall, Gorbachev greets the crowd. People cheering. Walk through the crowd.
(71 m) 06. Hamburg: German Gallop Derby elegant women with hats. Horses in the lead ring. Toto snakes before the betting buttons. The favorite turf King. Start machine and start. Race, ZL recordings. Viewers see through binoculars. Taishan runs and WINS. Audience cheers. Disqualification of the winner due to disability of the following rider. Voscherau kisses the owner of the winning horse.
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Persons in the Film

Adenauer, Konrad; Kohl, Hannelore; Weizsäcker von, Richard; Bernstorff, Barbara; Gorbatschow, Michail; Kempowski, Walter; Späth, Lothar; Voscherau, Henning


Augsburg; Bonn; Federal Republic of Germany; Hamburg; Lahn; Lübeck; Munich; Upper Danube nature park; Schleswig-Holstein


Lahn (Fluss); Sachindex Wochenschauen; Honors; Border DDR/BRD, borders; Trade, finance; Industry; Europe, EDC, EEC; Flags; Portraits; Horse riding, horse racing (without harness); Reviews; sports audience, sports spectator; Townscapes: Germany; Landscapes; Military; Water; Foreign policy events; Fashion; Anniversaries, Jubilees, birthdays; Schriftsteller; State visit; Pferderennen; 01 16 mm project; Industrial; Military; 10 finding book Germany mirror


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Mikhail Gorbachev’s Official State Visit to the Federal Republic of Germany (June 12-15, 1989)

On June 12, 1988 the Soviet state and party leader Mikhail Gorbachev and his wife Raissa arrive in the Federal Republic of Germany for a memorable state visit, one that unleashes a veritable „Gorbymania“. Upon his arrival in Bonn a chorus frenetically chants „Gorby, Gorby, Gorby“ to welcome the congenial reformer. In Dortmund, where he speaks before thousands of Hoesch employees, the works council chairman proposes that Gorbachev be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. 50,000 people gather in the streets of Stuttgart. They all come to celebrate a man who announces the end of the Cold War and promises a rapprochement between East and West.    

To make it more official he and his host Helmut Kohl both sign the game-changing Joint Declaration, in which both countries commit to disarmament, environmental protection, pan-European cooperation and the mutual exchange as well as the implementation of human rights and peoples’ rights of self-determination.

Especially the wording, that every country should have the right to „freely choose its own political and social system“ will soon be particularly meaningful.

During their last nightly walk along the Rhine river Kohl points out that the “joint European house that they both imagine was rather unlikely with a separate Germany.” He later recalls that no objections came from Gorbachev.

On October 7 Gorbachev attends festivities in East Berlin to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the founding of the German Democratic Republic, yet he asks the country’s leadership to start a reform. When the wall comes down just one month later Gorbachev sticks to the agreements made in the Joint Declaration and grants the two German states the process of reunification.

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