November 6, 2009
That’s the question to ask these days to people you met in the meantime. Well, if you or them are at least 30 years of age.
There are moments, like 9/11, when everyone remembers what they have been doing, feeling and experiencing. By the way, the wall also fell on 9/11, but written the European way – the day first and the month second.
For my part, I was in my country Bulgaria, in Sofia, and I could not believe my eyes, because on the next day, on 10 November, Todor Zhivkov, who was the unchanged leader since I was small, was toppled by his fellow Politburo members. Everyone saw this on television. It was a coup d’etat, but it was felt by people as a revolution.
Twenty years later, a Bulgarian daily, “24 chasa”, published an interview with a famous Bulgarian intellectual and anti-fascist, filmmaker Anjel Wegenstein, who disclosed that the first huge anti-communist rally in Sofia, held on 18 November, of which he was one of the organisers, took place to some extent under a scenario inspired by Markus Wolf, the head of STASI (relieved of his duties some time before the Berlin Wall fell).
I am sure there will be more revelations, but later…Georgi Gotev