May 1990. A pair of East German guards seen through a hole in the Berlin Wall, hanging out and generally not giving a damn
In response to this post in another thread.. This is an original photo that someone took with my camera, from May 22, 1990. Soon after I graduated college, I did the usual backpack-Europe-by-train. As the Wall was in the process of coming down at the time, I made sure to go through Berlin to experience what was going on and to be able to say later I was there when it happened.
This was after the large demonstrations, where the West-facing side of the Wall (with all the years of extensive graffitti) had been almost entirely broken off and saved/sold for souvenirs. They’d already knocked down large sections of the wall, and in this gaps East German guards were still stationed, but hardly with the kind of militaristic shoot-to-kill attitude I’d always been taught they would display. These guys really didn’t give a damn since they knew the whole thing was very likely to come down in the near future, and so they were probably just there to make sure people went through the standard Checkpoint Charlie (a few hundred yards away), where they would stamp your passport and do the usual bureaucratic stuff.
I took this photo just because of the incongruity of what we’d always been taught about East German Wall guards, and the no-fucks-given attitude of these guys. Something to remember it all by.