East Germany nuclear bunker opened

BERLIN, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- A massive underground bunker built to shield leaders of the former East Germany from a nuclear attack is now open for tours, German officials say.

Atlantic Eye: Stirring political potpourri

PARIS, June 20 (UPI) -- It might be game, set and match for Senator Obama, but the United States is still not out of domestic political turmoil. In international affairs the United States is worryingly out of the political loop. Halfway through 2008, here are my thoughts on some political happenings in the United States, Poland, Germany, Serbia, Zimbabwe, Georgia and Nepal.
MARC S. ELLENBOGEN, UPI International Columnist

A Blast from the Past

After 28 years as a reviled symbol of the Cold War, the Berlin Wall was opened on this date in 1989. East Germany announced free passage for its citizens through border checkpoints. The announcement followed a month that saw many East Germans flee to the
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A Blast from the Past

The weekly UPI Blast from the Past package for Nov. 4-10.
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Faith: German haven for wounded Israelis

WASHINGTON, July 17 (UPI) -- Where do you think some severely wounded young Israeli veterans go for a few days of peace after years of living with terror? Would you believe -- Germany?
UWE SIEMON-NETTO, UPI Religion Correspondent

Stefan Heym's amazing odyssey

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Germany's Wandering Jew of the past century has finally died. But perhaps it really is true that he can never die.
MARTIN SIEFF, Senior News Analyst

A Blast From The Past

Today is Nov. 9.
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A Blast From The Past

Today is Nov. 5.
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Erich Honecker (August 25, 1912 – May 29, 1994) was a German Communist politician who led the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) from 1971 until 1989.

After German reunification, Honecker first fled to the Soviet Union but was extradited to Germany by the new Russian government. Back in Germany, he was imprisoned and tried for high treason and crimes committed during the Cold War. In particular, he was indicted for ordering border guards to shoot any person trying to cross the East German border into West Germany or West Berlin. However, during the trial, Honecker became ill with terminal cancer and was subsequently released from prison. He died in exile in Chile about a year and a half later.

Honecker was born on Max-Braun-Straße in Neunkirchen, now Saarland, as the son of a coal miner, Wilhelm, who in 1905 had married Caroline Catharina Weidenhof. There were six children born to the family: Katharina (Käthe), Wilhelm (Willi), Frieda, Erich, Gertrud (b. 1917; m. Hoppstädter), and Karl-Robert.

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