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25 years! 25 years ago, the Berlin Wall fell (also known as der Mauerfall in German or literally “the wall fall”). Although there had been rising protests in East Germany in the months leading up to November 1989, no one actually thought the wall would fall and Germany would be reunified. In an amazing series of events (read my blog post from last year: here), the wall fell on November 9, 1989 and the process to reunify Germany began.
Here we are 25 years later. Germany is not only reunified but a global superpower. Both the President and Chancellor of Germany are originally from East Germany and the generation of children growing up in Germany right now never knew a divided country.
Here are some interesting articles reflecting on the past and present situation of a divided and now reunified Germany:
- Stunning photos comparing the before and after of the fall of the Berlin Wall!
- Is Germany really unified? A look at the divide still present between East and West Germany.
- Exactly why did the Berlin Wall fall?
- My friend told me about this fun crossword puzzle to test your knowledge on the fall of the Berlin Wall!
If you’re in Berlin this weekend, you must check out the Lichtgrenze or “light border” being put up where the wall used to be. It is sure to be an amazing way to commemorate 25 years. Check out the video below!
Here are some of my favorite photos in honor of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the eventual reunification of Germany!