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Fall of the Berlin Wall: A Snapshot Look Back Twenty Years

By Amanda Awanjo
Staff Reporter

November 9, 2009 commemorates the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Wall of Berlin and subsequently, the uniting of Germany. A wall born from hate and with the sole purpose of isolation, this formidable wall was recreated four times before it became the famously pictured twelve feet high and four feet wide mammoth of concrete and wire. The Berlin Wall represented the terrors and isolation of a radical party and the suffering and repression of the East Germans under the harsh communistic rulers.

Fall of the Berlin Wall

Fall of the Berlin Wall on Nov 9, 1989.


The Berlin Wall famously separated families and destroyed East Berlin’s economy and left East Berliners isolated from the rest of their country, and moreover, the world. The Fall was a triumphant day for Germany, the end of an old broken country and the beginning of a new country with a future free of the repressive cold isolation of regimes past. To celebrate the Fall of the Wall, a “Freedom Festival” in which over 1,000 eight foot tall foam dominoes will be toppled to symbolize the fall of the wall at the historic site. Additionally, since May bricks have been sent out from Germany to countries that still face division and barrier experiences similar to this, to show the hope of the “Fall” and solidarity to those oppressed.

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