It’s now 12:15am as I write this, which means it’s now November 9th, 27 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. This is an important piece of history, something which I myself remember seeing on the TV. (I was nine years old at the time.) As someone who is deeply interested in the history of Germany and of Berlin in particular, I wanted to mark the occasion of such a historic moment.
BERLIN, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 11: Thousands of young East Berliners crowd atop the Berlin Wall, near the Brandenburg Gate (background) 11 November 1989. The day before, Gunter Schabowski, the East Berlin Communist party boss, declared that starting from midnight, East Germans would be free to leave the country, without permission, at any point along the border, including the crossing-points through the Wall in Berlin. The Berlin concrete wall was built by the East German government 13 August 1961 to seal off East Berlin from the part of the city occupied by the three main Western powers to prevent mass illegal immigration to the West. According to the “August 13 Association” which specializes in the history of the Berlin Wall, at least 938 people – 255 in Berlin alone – died, shot by East German border guards, attempting to flee to West Berlin or West Germany. The wall was opened 09 November 1989 and has been demolished since then. AFP PHOTO GERARD MALIE (Photo credit should read GERARD MALIE/AFP/Getty Images)