The Berlin Wall Falls
By: Digitization Depot
Published: 11/20/2009
Uploaded: 11/20/2009
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Tags: Berlin Wall, East Germany, German Democratic Republic, Soviet Union

Description/Abstract: The Berlin Wall Falls, Monday, 11/9

November 11, 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, a 28 mile barrier prompted by the Soviet Union and built in 1961 by the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) to block out Western Germany. The Wall, which comprised guard towers lining large concrete walls encircling a wide area, symbolized the Iron Curtain, an ideological and physical boundary that divided Europe into separate areas with different economic and military alliances. Thousands of people tried to escape and many died.

The Berlin Wall came down after weeks of civil unrest; East Germany finally announced that citizens could visit West Germany. The fall of the barrier paved the way for the reunification of Germany, the end of the Cold War, and the spread of democracy through many European countries.

In remembrance headlines will be exhibited about the Berlin Wall and its momentous collapse. For live coverage of the Fall be sure to check out the BBC and ABC news reports.