Berlin Wall Fell 20 Years Ago Today

November 9, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Monday November 9, marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall the so called Iron Curtain, which stood for nearly three decades, as the most potent symbol of Cold War divisions. Its collapse helped herald the wider collapse of communism across eastern Europe. On Nov. 9, 1989, East Germany announced the easing of border controls, and thousands stormed the Berlin Wall and demanded its opening. The Wall was toppled down soon afterwards, and Germany was reunified the next year.

A number of celebrations  include concerts boasting Beethoven and Bon Jovi, a memorial service for the 136 people killed trying to crossover the Berlin Wall from 1961 to 1989, candle lightings and toppling of 1,000 giant brightly colored dominoes along a 1.5 km (0.9 mile) stretch of the Berlin Wall, as thousands of people are expected to gather at the Brandenburg Gate. World leaders will attend including all 27 European Union countries current leaders, and past leaders such as ex-Soviet General Secretary of the Communist Party Mikhail Gorbachev and former Polish President Lech Walesa, who is expected to topple the first block of the dominos of the mini Berlin Wall later on the day. German Chancellor Angela Merkel kicks the ceremonies off with a prayer service in an East Berlin church where opposition activists gathered in 1989.


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One Response to “Berlin Wall Fell 20 Years Ago Today”

  1. usb kabel on November 10th, 2009 3:29 am

    Hi,
    It was very important historical event for the German to reunite and make a rejuvenated nation on the map of world after the WW2 mishap.

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