Coverbild The Spark from Prague von Hans-Dietrich Genscher, Petr Pithart, Karel Vodicka, ISBN-978-3-423-28047-1
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The Spark from Prague

How the courage to fight for liberty changed the course of history

A cry went through the crowd camped outside the German embassy in Prague when on the evening of September 30th 1989 Hans-Dietrich Genscher appeared on the balcony and announced that an agreement had been reached on refugee travel to West Germany. Many thousands of East German citizens—men, women and children—made their way to West Germany via Prague between August and November of that year, and on the 3rd of November the Czech government finally decreed that people could leave the country without a visa from East Germany, the "brother country".

On November 9th, the Berlin Wall fell. What Hans-Dietrich Genscher described as the primordial stream of history could no longer be held back. These were dramatic days, weeks and months; an unpredictable time when the long-sought happy ending was by no means guaranteed.


A gripping and moving documentary compiled by one of the era’s major players in collaboration with one of the leading authorities on Czechoslovakian history, offering new insights into the historical context.

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352 pages, ISBN 978-3-423-28047-1
About the author

Hans-Dietrich Genscher

Hans-Dietrich Genscher was born in Halle in 1927. Between 1974 and 1992 he served almost continuously as foreign minister and vice chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. He has several publications to his name.
About the author

Karel Vodicka

Dr. Karel Vodička was born in 1949 in Usti, Czechoslovakia. After being awarded his doctorate at Prague’s Charles University, he went on to work at the University of Brno but fled Czechoslovakia with his family in 1985 for political reasons. From 1987 he worked for various academic institutions as a political scientist and historian, most recently the Dresden University of Technology. He has published widely, specializing in Czechoslovakian history.
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