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Nov. 9, 1989 - the Fall of the Berlin Wall

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Nov. 9, 1989 - the Fall of the Berlin WallAutumn in East Berlin, 1982 - Bernauer Street at the corner of Eberswalder-Oderberger streets in East Berlin.
A road towards Hötensleben (part of East Germany' then Magdeburg region), 1983. For decades the street abruptly ended because of the division of Germany.
Checkpoint Charlie, 1982 : The famous border crossing Checkpoint Charlie on Friedrichstrasse in downtown Berlin. The border crossing was meant only for foreigners who wished to travel from East to West Berlin or vice versa.
Berlin's Oberbaum Bridge, 1987 -The Oberbaumbrücke was a checkpoint on the border between East and West Berlin.
President Reagan acknowledges the crowd after his speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin on June 12, 1987 , where he said Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!'
At the Brandenburg Gate, 1989 - These East German soldiers are trying to block entry into the West on the afternoon of Nov. 11 -- the night the Wall came down
Nov. 9, 1989 - the Fall of the Berlin WallOn Nov.11, 1989 - People celebrate on the Berlin Wall
Nov. 11, 1989 : GDR-Border Post receives a coffee jug from demonstrators near the Brandenburg Gate.
Nov. 8, 2009 : the Brandenburg Gate right before the 20th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.
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Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 6 years 28 weeks
Wondeful pics!
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 6 years 28 weeks
I was taking German 1A the following Spring and our teacher who is German brought back a nice chunk that I got to hold in my hands. It was pretty cool.
Tulipe Tulipe 6 years 28 weeks
Oh, and by the way, tonight, to celebrate the anniversary, I re-watched The Lives of Others by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck ( If you haven't watched it yet, stop everything you're doing and go rent this movie. Now. :-)
Tulipe Tulipe 6 years 28 weeks
Oh, I forgot to add that the pictures are taken from Der Spiegel and Der Tagesspiegel, famous german magazine and newpaper. When I see these pictures, I have goosebumps. I tell you, from a European perspective, we've come a long way from WWI and WWII. From fighting to celebrating the 11th of November (end of WWI) together. From fighting to France (Chirac) representing Germany (Schröder) at an international summit a few years ago. It's amazing.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 6 years 28 weeks
Thanks Tulipe!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 6 years 28 weeks
Amazing. Thanks Tulipe! :)
StolzeMama StolzeMama 6 years 28 weeks
Dang, i was only 9 :) I remember I got a piece of the berlin wall, dont remember where it is now, shucks dont remember much else of it though
amybdk amybdk 6 years 28 weeks
Neat post, Tulipe. I remember after this happened, looking through my history book at the time and reading that the wall would probably not come down in our lifetime. Isn't that something? Reading that felt surreal.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 6 years 28 weeks
Now i look back of course and say "wow the world was changing around me and I was worried that my skirt would be too short for friday chapel"
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 6 years 28 weeks
Very Very Cool. I remember seeing this on the news. Of course I didn't really grasp it then. Thanks Tulipe! :hug:
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 6 years 28 weeks
I was 16. and i really didnt give a sh*t.
stephley stephley 6 years 28 weeks
I worked for a radio network at the time - it made me nuts not to be able to watch it happen.
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years 28 weeks
thanks for posting! i was also too young to really understand what was going on, but i knew it was something big.
eastcoastgirl eastcoastgirl 6 years 28 weeks
Thankyou for sharing the photos! Touching memories!
starangel82 starangel82 6 years 28 weeks
I vaguely remember when the wall came down. I do remember my grandmother's sister coming to America... they hadn't seen each other in 42 years because my grandmother was here in the USA and her sister was in East Germany. She could never get travel passage... so they waited for 42 years. I was too young to understand the importance then, but I do now. Thanks for sharing Tulipe. Very cool.
UnDave35 UnDave35 6 years 28 weeks
What a great day in history. Thanks for bringing it about President Reagan.
Tulipe Tulipe 6 years 28 weeks
Autumn in East Berlin, 1982 - Bernauer Street at the corner of Eberswalder-Oderberger streets in East Berlin.