Gunter Schabowski, whose gaffe brought down the Berlin Wall, has died aged 86. Standpoint’s editor Daniel Johnson remembers his walk-on part in the momentous events of 1989 which led to the triumph of democracy.

I was a ten-year-old living in West Berlin when the Wall fell and a Trabant driven by an overexcited Ossi nearly ran me over on my bike

In his epic novel ‘The Tower’ Uwe Tellkamp brilliantlydepicts the grotesque idiosyncrasies of the GDR’s bureaucracy