25 Years After The Fall of the Berlin Wall: Stories From Around the Web

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs


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.


Berlin Wall 25 ReutersEast German Officer Who Opened Berlin Wall Wept Moments Later

“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


Berlin Wall 25 BBCInside Legendary East German Babelsberg Film Studios

“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


Berlin Wall 25 NYTOn Berlin Wall Anniversary, Somber Notes Amid Revelry

“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


Berlin Wall 25 USA TodayNine surprising facts about the fall of the Berlin Wall

“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


Berlin Wall 25 WSJIn Reunited Germany, One Town Remains Divided

“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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Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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