A license plate of East Germany (DDR or GDR) is placed on East Germany-made Trabant car before ceremony at the German embassy during 30th anniversary of East Germans exodus in Prague, Czech Republic, 28 September 2019.
In September 1989, over 4,000 GDR citizens, many of them arrived in their Trabant-brand cars, climbed over the fence into the gardens of the West German Embassy in Prague in what was then the capital of Czechoslovakia.
On the 30 September 1989 West German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher addressed them his legendary speech from the embassy’s balcony in which he informed them their departure to West Germany was granted.
A move which contributed to the fall of the Berlin Wall about six weeks later.
A file photo dated 30 September 1989 shows former Minister of Foreign Affairs Hans-Dietrich Genscher (7-R, below the windows cross) standing with other politicians on the balcony of the German Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic. On that day, Genscher told the GDR citizens in the garden that leaving the country is now possible, Genscher died on 01 April 2016 aged 89. EPA/REINHARD KEMMETHER