Oct. 7, 1989 How 'Gorbi' Spoiled East Germany's 40th Birthday Party

The celebrations to mark 40 years of communist East Germany couldn't hide the mounting rumbles of dissent. Many East Germans looked to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to persuade the Honecker regime to implement reforms. It was soon clear that Moscow was not going to help the hardliners crush the growing unrest.
The infamous kiss between Gorbachev and Honecker on Oct. 7, 1989.

The infamous kiss between Gorbachev and Honecker on Oct. 7, 1989.

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