Elliott 8 The Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain seemed to be permanent fixtures of the political landscape of Europe after This stunning event triggered a chain reaction throughout Eastern Europe, accelerating a process that had begun a decade earlier. Using a little poetic license, one could claim that what took ten years in Poland took ten months in Hungary, ten weeks in East Germany, ten days in Czechoslovakia, and ten hours in Romania.
But as Communism in the Soviet Republic and Eastern Europe began to crumble, pressure mounted on the East German authorities to open the Berlin border.
The Wall was finally breached by jubilant Berliners on 9 Novemberunifying a city that had been divided for over 30 years.
Some of you were in Berlin the night The Wall came down and sent your stories: I was in Berlin on 9 November We heard on the TV that some border points had opened and I left my wife and young daughter to see what was going on at Check Point Charlie.
Arriving at the checkpoint there was a large crowd on the Western side. Climbing a fence I could see large numbers of people on the Eastern side. At about that time there was an announcement that East Germans would be allowed to visit the West but would require a stamp which would be issued the following morning.
The feeling in the air was electric, as if some great force had been let loose Joseph, Portugal Thinking that the East Germans would obey this order, I went home, also feeling a bit guilty for having left my wife home alone with the baby.
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The rest is history. The next morning I was screening scores of East Germans who had come over from the GDR, including soldiers who had deserted. Over the next few weeks the feeling in the air was electric, as if some great force had been let loose, perhaps the greatest example of positive [collective] human will ever seen, in my mind the opposite of what happened in the summer of - a real peaceful revolution.
We thought it was going to change the world. Joseph, Portugal I was 14 when I first went to Berlin and the wall was still firmly in place. I was staying with family friends who wanted to show me the beauty of West Berlin but I was intent on seeing "the wall".
I remember pressing my hand against it and marvelling that it was only bricks and mortar but was symbolic of years of terror and intimidation. Years later I watched that wall being dismantled by East and West Berliners and wept with joy for their liberation and with utter desolation for those who had died so meaninglessly.
We lived at the end of Sonnenalle in the west, where a checkpoint was to cross to the east. The wall was right behind our back garden. We went to bed as usual and got woken up by our mom at some point of the night. The first thing I noticed was loud cheering. I got up to look out the window and just saw people running past, jumping up and down and crying and laughing.
For weeks after the 9th people would stand by the gates and cheer on every Trabbi East German car that came through to the west.Berlin Divided City, Book Description: A great deal of attention continues to focus on Berlin's cultural and political landscape after the fall of the Berlin Wall, but as yet, no single volume looks at the divided city through an interdisciplinary analysis.
Then, of course, it hits him: he is watching the Berlin Wall go down the drain. Demonstrators pull down a segment of the Berlin wall at Brandenburg gate in In Britain, Fleet Street has. The Fall of the Wall: An Accidental Revolution? An eyewitness report by an American diplomat.
By J.D East German leader Erich Honecker had predicted in January that the Berlin Wall would last for years – unless, he said, the underlying reasons for its existence were removed. Not one of us had any inkling the Berlin Wall was.
Nov 08, · Tomorrow is the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in On that evening, on November 9th, the East German government permitted its citizens to cross the border with West Berlin freely, and they began doing so in huge numbers.
Nov 03, · Lessons From The Fall Of The Berlin Wall Twenty years ago, when the Berlin Wall was breached, it marked the beginning of the end for the Soviet empire.
But NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr. In , during an official visit to China during the demonstrations in Tiananmen Square, shortly before the imposition of martial law in Beijing, Gorbachev was asked for his opinion on the Great Wall of China: "It's a very beautiful work", he replied, "but there are already too many walls between people".