01. the Monetary Union 1-7 1990 East Berlin: people at exchange desks at banks. Old banknotes with Karl Marx portrait. Money vehicles bring DM in the GDR. Steel cabinets. The Deutsche Bundesbank in former SED building.
Survey: Young woman: "Yes, that's a nice feeling that you get something for your money, somehow an equal citizen is no longer 2nd choice."
Young man: "Good feeling, and you do get something for your money."
Young woman: "just you wait how the shops are how the offers are the prices, and a little thinking ahead must you also, everything on the head can shape you och nich. First get leave, so the first 14 days, and then, if not more quite so funny in the stomach is."
Young woman: "much is open, what you could not otherwise; travel, you can't buy back what you otherwise could not."
Policeman: "not only shopping, but also the other bells and whistles, also the social consideration. We are really optimistic."
Textile mill is privatized. Women at sewing machines.
Seamstress: "so I got there really ain't no concerns." We do our work here, sew evt. prettier, better models and have also a better sales as a result. It must be better."
Designs are drawn.
Designer: "first I would like to say that I look quite optimistic in the future, if the point of the work is now back. Actually very positive and worth mentioning are the changes that finally now the shops are full of beautiful products that we produce here even. I am proud that we here make such beautiful things now and would also attract them. The fears are actually that the work could then fall away."
Shelves full of dresses, broadcasting, food and fruit. Buyer. Metro.
(128 m) 02. demolition of the wall and the Checkpoint Charlie car queues at wall. Controls. Demolition of the wall. Pieces of the wall fall. Transition of Bernauer Straße. Crosses for wall refugees. Friedrichstraße train station. Drive drums. Tip an East German watchtower.
Checkpoint Charlie: Review 1961 sw: chatting. U.S. tank and Soviet tanks face off.
Color: The Foreign Ministers of the 4 countries of crew Shevardnadze, Hurd, Dumas, Baker at Checkpoint Charlie. Genscher. Baker speaks. Band plays Berlin air. Grenzhaus is lifted up to crane.
(85 m) 03 foreign policy aspects of German unity Berlin: 2 + 4 Conference Markus Meckel welcomes Hurd, big, Baker, big, Dumas, big, Shevardnadze. Negotiations.
Genscher actuality to the press: "I think that here that all those involved do not want, that follows the European development behind the German development becomes apparent. This means the full sovereignty of the United Germany at the time of the merger for me also."
Cameramen, group portrait of 6 Ministers. "Polish border" in Parliament and people's Chamber Helmut Kohl before the Bundestag to the Polish border interview: "the German Bundestag today together with the people's Chamber of the GDR is an unequivocal message to Poland. The border of Poland to Germany, so how it runs today, is final."
Sabine Bergmann-Pohl from the Volkskammer actuality: "Both sides declare that they are against each other no territorial claims and does not raise such in the future."
Adoption of the resolution by a large majority by manual lifting.
(63 m) 04 Sandbahnrennen in Scheeßl - semifinal World Cup start. Karl Meier, title holder, with fine tuning on his machine. Motorcycle to test. Race management checks. Karl Meier interview explains the technical characteristics of the machine. Race. Cornering. Wertungssläufe. Last race. Karl Meier WINS almost. Laurel wreath.
01 Monetary Union July 1, 1990 in East Berlin. A Sunday, and yet all banks and savings banks in the German Democratic Republic opened their doors. On dlesem day, citizens could take the hard Deutsche mark in receiving endilch. Thus the economic, monetary and social Union between the two German States into force. The long-awaited departure from Karl Marx, who was does on the old banknotes, was sealed. The Deutsche mark is now also in the GDR. An a heltliches Wirtschaftsgeblet in Germany - is a first essential step towards political unification of Germans.
This was preceded by a belspielloses company in the history of the Bank. The Central Bank of the Federal Republic brought a total 25 billion deutsche mark in their new branches in the GDR. Of course, that for this a few briefcases were not enough.
Curiosity on the edge: in the same building, the SED had ruled for 40 years from, the German Bundesbank, which takes over the Währungshohelt in the German Democratic Republic, established one of their branches. The Deutsche mark is. -Wages and pensions be paid immediately at the rate of 1:1 in the coveted currency. The savings accounts be converted up to an amount of 4.000,--marks per person in a ratio of 1:1, the rate of 2:1 is valid for the rest.
For the people, a new epoch begins with: "Yes - is a nice feeling, Yes, that you get something for your money, and that it is somehow gleichberechtlgter citizens, no longer second choice."
"Feel good, and you now get what for his money."
"Just wait, as shops are, how the offers are, prices - bit thinking it is necessary also - shoppin' right on your head you can also not everything - first get, so I would say the first 14 days, if it's no longer quite so funny in the stomach."
"Much is open, what you otherwise could not: travel - you can't buy back what you otherwise could not."
"Not only for shopping, but also about bells and whistles." Social consideration a little bit, but we're really optimistic."
After the market-based big bang in the GDR, there will be some problems but for a transitional period. This textile factory in Berlin will be privatized as many businesses in the GDR. The company however did not have night abschüttein can the succession of the ailing Socialist Plansytems. The facilities are outdated, the production is unprofitable. It is now to establish the international competitiveness. First, jobs will be lost before new ones. But the people are optimistic.
"Well, I got there really ain't no concerns. We do our work here and sew may be prettier and better models and are also better heel as a result; can be actually just better."
Optimism reigns at the designers of the company. Their new designs have chic, because there no longer are material shortages and bureaucratic requirements. "So, first I would like to say, that I look quite optimistic in the future, because the point of the work is now back. Very positive and worth mentioning is actually at the changes, that finally the shops are full of beautiful products that we produce here myself, and I am proud that we now make such beautiful things - and would put them on myself - actually the fears are that the workplace can then fall away."
A new life for the people in the GDR that the queues were used. The shelves, where until the there was a shortage, have filled up overnight with goods. The products originate predominantly from Western production. Especially for technical devices errelchen not many old East German companies the international standard.
In addition to the selection of goods available from the West, the East German products work unattractive. But market economy now means that the buyers who critically compare prices and quality, can choose.
Equipped with the stable Deutsche mark, already soon not only consumers, but also the companies will benefit from the restructuring of the economy. With international subsidies, its own Einsaizbereitschaft and expertise, can the people in the GDR – the experts agree – already soon a new economic miracle voilbringen.
02. demolition of the wall people at the Berlin wall, on the way from Germany to Germany. Since July 1, such images are past. Passport and customs controls have become obsolete with the Economic Union between the Federal Republic and the GDR. Now, the Berlin wall full-length will be demolished. Quickly have a souvenir from the concrete gets hacked, because soon the best-known and most brutal symbol of the Division of Germany will be gone permanently. The GDR border troops do the demolition of the wall itself, a work that was unimaginable just a few months ago.
Also at the Bernauer Straße, Berlin coalesce again. Here, where people from the window in the free part of the city jumped during the construction of the wall, especially many escape attempts lost their lives.
Friedrichstraße station, yesterday bag station. He was called "Tears bunker" in the vernacular, because here, visitors of the eastern sector took leave. Now he is again transit station.
Kilometer-long traffic jams, hindered for years especially on weekends, transit between West Berlin and the Federal Republic. Since there are no more checks with the entry into force of economic, monetary and social Union, the huge Abfertigungsaniagen lost their function, are only ruins, as relics of an absurd past like the tip of an East German watchtower. Perhaps the most famous border crossing in the world: the Checkpoint Charlie in the American sector of Berlin. In October 1961, the world held its breath. The East German police had tried to check the identity cards of the Western allies illegally at Checkpoint Charlie. For three days, American and Russian tanks with running engines faced. Thirty years later the Soviet Foreign Minister Schewardnadse at the checkpoint - meets the three Western Allied and the two German Foreign Minister appropriate for the last time on high-gloss -.
Baker: "29 years of Checkpoint Charlie was the cold war. But now, 29 years after the construction of the border, we meet here, order him to dismantle and bury, the conflict which it created."
"This is the Berlin air" plays an American Militärkapelie and the well known symbol for the four power status of the city rises in the air. The Checkpoint Charlie is past - a piece of Berlin history ends with him.
03. Foreign policy aspects of the German unit of the Foreign Ministers of Britain, France, the United States and the Soviet Union had come to work to Berlin. Two German colleagues she consulted politico-military questions of German unification in the second round of this so-called 2 + 4 negotiations. The Soviet Union had reservations against the affiliation of a United Germany in NATO.
The Western allies wanted to achieve that four power responsible for Germany is completely dissolved before the merger.
Genscher: "I think that here that all those involved do not want, that follows the European development behind the German development becomes apparent. That's also the full sovereignty of the United Germany in the time of the merger for me."
The Foreign Ministers agree on further international schedule of German unity in East Berlin. Previously, the two German parliaments had once again affirmed the finality of the german-Polish border. Bundeskanzier Kohl before the Bundestag: "the German Bundestag is an unequivocal message to Poland today together with the Volkskammor of the German Democratic Republic: the border of Poland to Germany, so, as it is today, is final."
The freely-elected Volksvertrcter could speak for the first time now in two German parliaments to the border with Poland. Poland was the first victim of Hitler of by Germans from their homes sold. Seltdem runs the western border of Poland on the Oder and Neiße. Both German States had this boundary in bilateral treaties in the past akzeptlert. -Volkskammer President Bergmann-Pohi: "both sides explain that they are against each other no territorial claims and does not raise such in the future."
The Entschlleßung in two German parliaments was adopted by a large majority. A limit guarantee that wants to contribute that borders lose their separating character more and more.
04. Sandbahnrennen Haibfinale the sand track World Championships. The frenzied motorcycles on the track oval are a special kind of sporting spectacle.
Karl Maier, four winners and multiple German Champion, was the favorite in the Lower Saxony Scheeßel. He, like its competitors, also left to the Felnabstimmung of the machine never alone the mechanics. In addition each racer must meet the strict testing criteria of the jury.
The Rennieltung checks the weight of the machines and their performance capabilities. Measurements of the fuel supply to the carburettor and the volume provide information about. Karl Maier explains the technical features of the machines: "Yes, it's that special dirt road motorcycles are driven, and the machines are single-cylinder four-stroke engine with four-valve technology, single overhead camshaft and operated with methanol, acceleration comes close to a formula 1 Challenger, so from zero to one hundred in 3.5 to 4.5 seconds."
And what are the chances for a new title? Maier: "Yes, it would be a super thing of course, maybe we can join at the front; "the there above must of course also play, Galati."
Trust in God, but especially high concentration there is when the riders at the start. Because already the first few seconds can decide on victory or defeat. Just who already gained a good position in the first corner, can prevail in the strong field of international competition.
The Regiement sand train provides several scoring runs for each driver. The actors have a highest level of body control and responsiveness. Because falls are common in Durchschnittsgeschwindgkeiten of over 120 kilometres per hour. Luckily not on this day.
Before the last scoring run was Maier overall ranked 2nd in the Favorites kept his nerve? In the last race, the decision had to be: the semi final victory was still a first place and Karl Maier to take. After a dramatic chase, the German with a tire width was ahead. Karl Maier has reason to shine. The 5th World Championship is near for him to touch.