25 years on – the Berlin Wall 119



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It’s hard to believe but it’s been 25 years since the Berlin Wall came down on this day in 1989. Berlin is in celebration to mark the day a divided city joined again after almost 30 years apart.

On November 9, 1989, the Wall came down to unite East and West Germany, earmarking this event in history as one of the great moments, prompting us to ask each other, “Where were you when the Wall came down?”

The East Germany-erected barrier that existed from 1961-1990 to cut off West Germany from the other side. It later became referred as the Anti-Fascist Protection Rampart which sparked fury in West Germany as it was implied that there was still a Nazi following. It was also called the Wall of Shame and was a dark period in an already torturous century for Germany.

The civil unrest and oppression the wall caused was at its breaking point in 1989 and finally it was announced today, 25 years ago, that East Germans could visit West Germans. Crowds upon crowds of East Germans scrambled onto the wall, at the same time the West Germans did, a happy moment in a time of great despair. The crowds began to chip away at the wall before the governments removed what was left. It wasn’t until 1990 that the remainder was fully taken down, but November 9 is the day that officially marked the start of connection and humanity again for the German people and the beginning of the end of the Cold War.

So today, as we look back at this moment in time, we ask you, “Where were you when the wall came down?”


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  1. At home, watching TV…couldn’t believe my eyes! Never thought it would happen in my lifetime! Since then I,ve been to Berlin and stayed in the Eastern side which turns out to be the more beautiful side(after they knocked down the old communist style housing, and renovated the beautiful old buildings)..I’ve walked down the Unter den Linden to the Brandenburg Gate…amazing. Human spirit and resolve are almost impossible to stop once they gain momentum.

  2. Here in Australia watching tv as the wall came down, was crying n laughing at the same time, I grew up in Germany n didn’t believe that the wall would come down in my lifetime, most amazing,fearful n beautiful experience,was so happy for the families that could finally re unite as well

  3. My husband escaped from the east side of the wall and because he came here to live, he was considered an “enemy of the state “..any mail he got from his family was censored ….he cried when the wall came down because he didn’t think it would happen in his lifetime

  4. Working hard thinking I was happily married Four daughters4 ,6,7,9 yrs old , took another years for the walls of my marriage to come tumbling down but at the time was very happy for the people of Berlin

  5. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing when it came on the news. With no warning, all of a sudden a large part of the world was free again and it took me back to watching so many Olympic Games when this nation was divided so heartlessly.

  6. Similar to above, saw it on tv and couldn’t believe it was happening. A friend is in Berlin at the moment joining in the celebration and says it is an awesome experience.

  7. I’m with you Corinna, I too was born in Germany so it was very emotional for me also .

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