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The erosion of the Wall: travel and emigration as long term factors in the crisis of the Gdr (Patrick Major)

In East Germany hundred of thousands of requests of permission to travel abroad were submitted each year. From being a privilege of the few these trips became a tight invoked by many. One of the main consequences was to transform the Gdr in a two-speed society, divided between those who were easily allowed to travel abroad (State officiate and citizens with «first-grade» relatives living in the West), and those who considered themselves «hostages» of the lucky few. These tensions played a crucial role in the delegitimization of the East German regime, contributing to the formation of the first dissent movement. Within such movement one con find the emergence of a rudimental embryo if not of a civil society, at least of a civic consciousness and a protest culture.

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