National Geographic : 1990 Apr
Pent-up emotions explode at Berlin's Invalidenstrasse crossing, as East Germans reunite with family and friends from West Berlin. At Potsdamer Platz, West German women in folk dress offer bouquets to arrivals. All along the 860-mile German-German border, tension melted. At a pedestrian crossing in Braunlage, in the Hartz Mountains, East German guard Lieutenant Balke escorts 86-year-old Lissi Wolff and her purse to the western side. "Things are much more relaxed now," said Lieutenant Balke. "Before we didn't speak to each other about our feelings."And the snowman near the customs gate? "We built that when we were bored."