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Ricardo Ehrmann is dead - the journalist who brought down the Berlin Wall

Ricardo Ehrmann is dead – the journalist who brought down the Berlin Wall

The Italian journalist Riccardo Ehrmann, who was famous for his historical question to German politician Gunther Schabosky in 1989, died. He died at the age of 92 in the Spanish capital Madrid, Italian news agency ANSA reported, Tuesday evening, citing the Ms.

At a landmark press conference on November 9, 1989, Ehrmann asked German politician Gunter Schabosky the question that changed the world: travel law.

It was exactly 6:53 p.m. when Gunter Schabusky, chief of staff to the SED, hesitantly stated at an international press conference in East Berlin regarding the new East German travel law: “As far as I know…it will happen immediately…immediately.” Ehrman asked when the relaxation of the travel law would go into effect. With his answer, Schabowski de facto declared that the Berlin Wall had fallen.

“I think I was the only one who really understood right away. I immediately went out and telexed to my main office in Rome: ‘The wall is finished.’ My colleagues there thought first: ‘Ricciardo has gone crazy.’ They withheld the report for a few minutes, but sent it after all. ’,” the Italian journalist said years later.

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