Merkel and Orban commemorate the end of the Iron Curtain2019|01:51
It was the beginning of the end of communist East Germany, the passing of the Iron Curtain into history. August 1989 - and Hungarian border guards had, for the first time, allowed East Germans to cross freely into Austria, leaving behind them one of the most oppressive of the communist regimes. Thirty years on, the landmark crossing was remembered in Sopron - the Hungarian town which bore witness to this historic event in European history. Hungary planned to open its border with Austria symbolically for just three hours. But a border gate was broken before the official opening, after hundreds gathered in the hope of the chance to flee. It would then take just three short months for the Berlin Wall to fall.