Monday, November 9, 2009

"Tear Down This Wall"

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. On November 9, 1989, the East German government announced that their citizens could visit West Berlin.

View in 1986 from the west side of graffiti art on the Berlin wall's infamous "death strip"

Swarms of people climbed onto and over the wall from East Berlin to West Berlin, where they were met by celebrations. The reunification of Germany was completed the following October.

The wall was slowing chipped away by souvenir hunters until industrial equipment was used to removed almost all the rest of the wall.

I wasn't very old when we heard the story of the dangerous balloon crossing of the Berlin Wall. The movie, Night Crossing, made soon after impacted my view of how small our world is, and the concern we must have for oppression anywhere we find it.

I remember so clearly watching this news announced on all the television stations. It was so far away, but you could feel the celebration wherever you went.

Do you have any stories about this day in history?

1 comment:

Mandi said...

Hey Christy, I just wrote a post about living in Germany on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall:
http://noapathyallowed.com/2009/11/09/the-fall/