Fall of the Berlin Wall & German Reunification

Fall of the Berlin Wall and Reunification

A border falls

The Berlin Wall stood for 28 years. It was a symbol of German division and an inhuman system. A military border separated neighbours, families and lovers. Many who wanted to overcome it paid for the attempt with their lives or ended up in GDR prisons for many years. With the fall of the Berlin Wall a quarter of a century ago, the era of the Iron Curtain, which had divided Europe into two blocks as a result of the Second World War and the Cold War, came to an end. When the barriers were opened on the night of the 9th to the 10th of November 1989 and people flocked from East to West, the Germans were for a moment considered to be the happiest people in the world. The subsequent path from the fall of the Berlin Wall to German unity was by no means predetermined, and the unification process has not been completed to this day. But where border fortifications and the Wall once stood, hardly anything remembers it. The GDR has also disappeared. What remains are the historical photographs. They revive this important chapter of German history.