Germany and the World Commemorate the 'Fall of the Wall'


Sunday, November 9, 2014, marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. On November 9, 1989, the Wall dividing East and West Germany was torn down. It had been one of the icons of the Cold War, dividing capitalist West Berlin from the socialism of East Berlin.

It was a monumental day in history that led to Germany’s reunification. The world watched in amazement as jubilant crowds gathered on both sides of the Berlin Wall around midnight to celebrate the opening of the border crossings between the eastern and western parts of the city. A peaceful revolution in East Germany had finally cracked this grim symbol of Cold War and political oppression. It signalled the beginning of the end of Germany’s post-war division and national unity came less than a year later on October 3, 1990.

This year is filled with events and ceremonies commemorating the fall of the wall, as well as reflections on a formerly divided Germany. These events promote the overall cause with guided tours, bicycle tours, exhibits, movies, oral history, and much more. Events are being held throughout the weekend, with concerts, a street festival at the Brandenburg Gate, and guests of honour such as former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.

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