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JUN 19, 2013 - Yahoo! News

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Gyula Horn, the man who tore the Iron Curtain, dies at 80

By Sandor Peto BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Gyula Horn, who as Hungary's last communist foreign minister ripped a hole in the Iron Curtain in 1989, has died at the age of 80 after long illness, the government said on Wednesday. His decisions helped trigger off tumultuous months in which European communist regimes collapsed like dominoes, the Berlin Wall was trampled down and Soviet tanks prepared to rumble home from land they had occupied for nearly half a century. For Horn, it was a breathtaking year in a career marked by paradoxes. ...

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