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The Fall of the Berlin Wall

25th Anniversary

Various photographers


'Tear down this wall!' On 12 June 1987, US President Ronald Reagan pronounced these words to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev during a speech at the Brandenburg Gate commemorating the 750th anniversary of Berlin. The Berlin Wall came down two years later on 09 November 1989 and two parts of Germany were reunified after 28 years of separation.


The building of the Wall began on 13 August 1961. German Democratic Republic (GDR) armed forces started to seal off the eastern part of the city with road barriers made from barbed wire, to build an 'anti-Fascist protective barrier.' During a press conference on 09 November 1989, the spokesperson of German Democratic Republic government Guenter Schabowski announced the immediate opening of the inner German border. After his statement was made public tens of thousands of GDR citizens flocked to the border crossing points. The Iron Curtain fell.


The 25th anniversary of this historic autumn night and the fall of the Berlin Wall will be celebrated on 09 November 2014.


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