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First hole in the Iron Curtain:

My cyclist friend stands in front of the famous bridge over the Einser creek. The bridge leads from Fertöd (Hungary) to Pamhagen (Austria). The picture is from 1990. The creek marks a national border. The Iron Curtain that used to split Europe in two separate entities passed along this creek.Then in 1989 the courageous Hungarian officials decided without consulting the Soviet Union to tear down the barbed wire and the electrical fences. This gap was quickly discovered by fugitives of the German Democratic Republic. They left their "Trabi" cars behind and made it to Austria by the hundreds. The first hole in the Iron Curtain was forced right here.

In order to follow the Silk Road from Western Europe all the way to China on bicycle the Iron curtain had to be lifted, since many countries on the way were part of the Soviet Union and often prohibited to foreigners.

The lousy picture is a scan of a paper copy but for historical reasons it means a lot to me, so don't get angry. The bridge and the path no longer exist, they have been replaced by more solid works (see "Map: view").

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