25 PHOTOS FOR 25 YEARS: THE FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL

25 PHOTOS FOR 25 YEARS: THE FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL

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1. West Berlin citizens hold a vigil at The Berlin Wall in front of the Brandenburg Gate on November 10, 1989. This was after the East German government opened the border between East and West Berlin.

A vigil being held at The Berlin Wall

2. A man starts to break down The Berlin Wall on November 12, 1989.

A man start to break down the Berlin Wall

3. Ronald Reagan giving his “Tear Down This Wall” speech on June 12, 1987.

Ronald Reagan giving his "Tear Down The Wall" speech

4. East Berliners are applauded as they freely drive through Checkpoint Charlie when the borders between East and West were removed.

East Berliners are applauded as they freely drive to West Berlin

5. Thousands of people rushed to The Berlin Wall after the fall.

Thousands of people rush to the wall

6. Berliners celebrate the fall of the wall while on top of the wall.

Berlin celebrates the fall of the wall

7. Cranes removing pieces of The Berlin Wall.

Cranes start to remove pieces of the Berlin Wall

8. People taking a little part of history for themselves.

people taking some of the wall for themselves

9. The first parts of the wall being built in 1961.

The Berlin Wall being built in 1961

10. A dying man is carried away when was shot by East German Guards on August 17, 1962 when he tried to flee East Germany.

A dying man who tried to escape East Berlin

11. Hans Conrad Schumann was an East German Soldier who famously defected to West Germany in 1961.

The soldier who famously defected from East Germany

12. West German Policeman prevent people from approaching as East German Policeman stand on the fallen portion of The Berlin Wall.

West German policemen and East German policemen

13. West Germans wait for the arrival of family members from East Germany.

West Germans await the arrival of the relatives from East Germany

14. The fall of the wall was the start of the true push for reunification of the country. The sign reading Deutschland Einig Vaterland (“Germany United Fatherland”).

The push for German reunification

15. West Berliners help East Berliners over the wall.

West Berliners help East Berliners over the wall

16. One of the many memorials dedicated to those who lost their lives trying to escape from East Berlin.

16. One of the many memorials dedicated to those who lost their lives trying to escape from East Berlin.

17. Thousands line up to apply for passage slips to get across the border after Berlin was split on December 19, 1963.

Thousands line up to apply for passage slips to get across the border after Berlin was split on December 19, 1963.

18. A man waves to his relatives on the other side of the wall.

A man waves to his relatives on the other side of the wall.

19. The traffic when thousands of East Berliners moved to West Berlin on November 11, 1989.

The traffic when thousands of East Berliners moved to West Berlin on November 11, 1989.

20. The allied Checkpoint Charlie was once a checkpoint during the Cold War and is now a replica attraction.

The allied Checkpoint Charlie was once a checkpoint during the Cold War and is now a replica attraction.

21. Giant hand painted domino pieces fall in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the fall of the wall.

Giant hand painted domino pieces fall in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the fall of the wall.

22. The Brandenburg Gate is illuminated during the 25th anniversary of celebration of the fall of the wall.

The Brandenburg Gate is illuminated during the 25th anniversary of celebration of the fall of the wall.

23. Lit balloons were installed in Berlin to show where the wall once was in honor of the 25th anniversary.

Lit balloons were installed in Berlin to show where the wall once was in honor of the 25th anniversary.

24. Tourists visiting the wall in 2014.

Tourists visiting the wall in 2014.

25. Parts of the wall are now scattered around the world and are for sale decades later.

Parts of the wall are now scattered around the world and are for sale decades later.

 

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