For many sailors it was the most decisive event since the end of the war: the opening of the Iron Curtain meant "out" for some and "in" for others. Two decades later we went in search of clues in the East and West. In yesterday, today and tomorrow.
The fall of the iron curtain shares the fate of all historical changes. It takes a while, and then the memory fades of how drastic the changes were felt at the moment it happened.
Sails and barriers, there is hardly a bigger contradiction. We therefore took the opening of Germany's most beautiful Baltic coast 20 years ago as an opportunity to ask some of the contemporary witnesses about their memories.
The result is a whole series of bizarre, amusing, absurd, touching and exciting stories. In the current issue, we'll tell you what to expect in the coming issues. There you will also find the beginning of the series, a look at the turnaround from the perspective of the cruising sailor, written by Svante Domizlaff.