Today, November 9, marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Built in 1961 and taken down in 1989, the Berlin Wall separated West Berlin from East Berlin and the rest of the surrounding Soviet controlled East Germany. November 9th, 1989 was an emotional day for many, not just divided by the wall, but for people all around the world.
Now 25 years later, the joyous emotions are still present and everyone that remembers that day has their own story to tell. We scoured the web to find a sampling of some interesting stories surrounding the 25th anniversary and are including them below.
“The East German lieutenant colonel who gave the fateful order to throw open the Berlin Wall 25 years ago said he wept in silence a few moments later as hordes of euphoric East Germans swept past him into West Berlin to get their first taste of freedom…” Continue Reading
“As the country adapted, major German institutions changed, including the Babelsberg Studios just outside Berlin. Talking Movies’ Tom Brook visited to Babelsberg to find out what was happening there up to November 1989 – and what has happened since…” Watch Video
“It was the morning after the best party ever, the tumult and joy that marked the fall of the Berlin Wall on Nov. 9, 1989. After 28 years, East Berliners were giddy with marvel that they could now visit the West. Günter Taubmann felt different, as if, he said, ‘I am in the wrong movie.’…” Continue Reading
“With the anniversary putting the Cold War fresh in most people’s minds, here are nine facts about the Berlin Wall that may be new to you:…” Continue Reading
“As the country celebrates its reunification this weekend, a tiny village divided by the Iron Curtain for four decades continues to live its division, complete with wall, death strip and watchtowers…” Continue Reading
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