Germany marks 33rd anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall.
Today marks the 33rd anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall – a monumental day in German history. Many Germans have fond memories of that day. Many have remarkable stories to tell. The Berlin Wall kept Germany divided for decades. Desperate for freedom, many put their lives at risk to cross the border.
Some wanted to be with family on the other side. Others wanted opportunities that only the West presented. The desire for freedom was so strong that at least 136 people died during their escape attempts. And in the weeks leading up to November 9, mass anti-regime demonstrations took place all over Germany and Europe.
When the border between East and West Germany was finally opened and people stormed across the Berlin Wall, the rest of the world came to a standstill as people watched the events unfold on their television screens. To everyone’s surprise, there were no conflicts. No one was killed. And Germany was free.
Celebrations stretched not just across Germany, but across the entire world. And for Germans, life as everyone knew it would never be the same again. As we celebrated the 28th anniversary of the fall of the wall on Thursday, we remembered a day that gave Germany freedom, hope and a brighter future without walls