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It's Been 25 Years Since The Fall Of The Berlin Wall. These 16 Photos Tell The Story.

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 11.09.2014 | World

November 9 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Cold War barrier that divided East and West Berlin for nearly three decades....

25 Years After The Fall Of The Berlin Wall, These Barriers Are Still Standing

The Huffington Post | Gloria Rodríguez-Pina, Dohoon Kim, Roque Planas, Jack Sommers, Kosuke Takahashi | Posted 11.09.2014 | World

On this day in 1989, residents of Berlin gathered on opposite sides of the concrete barrier that had divided them for nearly three decades and started...

25 Years After Berlin, Do We Still Need Walls?

Peter Schurman | Posted 01.08.2015 | World
Peter Schurman

The European Union demonstrates a way forward: eliminating militarized borders, and expanding the safety perimeter to include everyone. Yes, everyone -- holding criminals, including dictators and terrorists, accountable to the law.

The Berlin Wall: Richard Avedon's Rendezvous With History

Michael Radou Moussou | Posted 01.08.2015 | Arts
Michael Radou Moussou

World-renowned photographer Richard Avedon's visual account of the fall of the Berlin wall is not only considered as the high point of his career but also as one of the strongest photo-journalistic moments of all time.

Lessons of the Berlin Wall's Forgotten Aftermath

Tim Stone | Posted 01.08.2015 | World
Tim Stone

Though the Wende, or "Change," freed the East German people from over forty years of Stalinist dictatorship, remembering the forgotten side of German unification -- when right-wing hooligans waged thousands of attacks on defenseless foreigners -- provides a cautionary tale of failed leadership.

My Appeal to Our Leaders and to All of Us: Let Us Think, Propose and Act Together

Mikhail Gorbachev | Posted 01.08.2015 | World
Mikhail Gorbachev

Bloodshed in Europe and the Middle East against the backdrop of a breakdown in the dialogue between major powers is of enormous concern. The world is on the brink of a new Cold War. Some are even saying that it's already begun.

Germany Marks 25 Years Since Berlin Wall's Fall

AP | GEIR MOULSON | Posted 11.09.2014 | World

BERLIN (AP) — Germany on Sunday celebrates the 25th anniversary of the night the Berlin Wall fell, a pivotal moment in the collapse of communism and...

The 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Many historians trace the seeds of the momentous events of November 9, 1989, when the Berlin Wall came down, as being planted back in August 1975 when 35 nations, including the United States, unanimously approved the Helsinki Accords.

'We Are One People' -- My Speech Before the Ruins of the Frauenkirche

Dr. Helmut Kohl | Posted 01.07.2015 | World
Dr. Helmut Kohl

Thousands of people were waiting for us at the airport, a sea of black-red-golden flags fluttering in the cold December wind in between an almost forgotten white-green flag of the Saxon State. Once the plane had taxied to a standstill, I climbed down the escalator and saw Hans Modrow, who was awaiting me about 10 meters away from the steps with a blank expression on his face. I then turned around to tell the Minister of the Chancellery Rudolf Seiters: "It's done."

When the Wall Fell

Anya Schmemann | Posted 01.07.2015 | World
Anya Schmemann

As the wall fell, so did our notions of the existing world order. My generation had grown up with the Cold War. It had shaped our world view and our understanding of global politics and power. If the wall could fall, anything was possible.

Rocking the Wall -- The Berlin Concert that Changed the World

Erik Kirschbaum | Posted 01.07.2015 | Books
Erik Kirschbaum

Whether or not you believe that Springsteen's concert really had something to do with the fall of the Wall depends on how much you believe in the power of rock and roll. But I think what is beyond doubt is that the concert is a glorious example of the influence that rock can have on people who are hungry and ready for change.

The Happiest Year in Recent German History

Wolfgang Schäuble | Posted 01.07.2015 | World
Wolfgang Schäuble

On the evening of the 9th of November 1989, when the message came in that the Berlin Wall was open, I was sitting in the Chancellery in Bonn, in a meeting on the issue of housing migrants from the German Democratic Republic. The session wasn't continued. Everyone stormed to the nearest television sets.

Fall of the Red Empire

Eric Margolis | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Eric Margolis

Twenty-five years ago this week, the Soviet empire in Eastern Europe was collapsing. The Berlin Wall had been breached. The Communist East German government was literally swept away by the storm tide of history.

Why Gorbachev Feels Betrayed By The Post-Cold War West

The WorldPost | Nathan Gardels | Posted 11.07.2014 | World

On the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader, remains a hero in the West. But the West is no long...

10 Great Escapes Across The Berlin Wall

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 11.07.2014 | World

For 28 years, communist-controlled East Germany was cut off from the capitalist enclave of West Berlin by a barrier of concrete, barbed wire and heavi...

25 Years After The Fall Of The Wall, These Photos Merge Past And Present, East And West

The Huffington Post | Chris McGonigal & Eline Gordts | Posted 11.08.2014 | World

On November 9, 1989, thousands of East Berliners headed to the borders that had separated them from the western part of their city and demanded to be ...

25 Years Later, Another Wall Is Rising Between the West and Russia

Artyom Lukin | Posted 01.07.2015 | World
Artyom Lukin

The end of the Cold War, epitomized by the Berlin Wall destruction, quickly came to be seen by the West as its own triumphant victory and the USSR/Russia's unconditional surrender. Hence Russia was to be treated as a second-rank country, a regional power at best, that was expected to obediently follow whatever directions may have come from Washington and Brussels. The problem was the Russians did not share this view of themselves as a defeated nation obliged to accept the victors' terms.

What Does German Unity Mean to the Post-Cold War Generation?

Manfred Wilke | Posted 01.07.2015 | World
Manfred Wilke

The Fall of the Wall in 1989 wasn't this generation's emotional joint "German" experience; more probably, the FIFA World Cup 2006 was.

The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall

Victor Dorff | Posted 01.06.2015 | Travel
Victor Dorff

Twenty-five years ago this week, the unthinkable happened. On November 9, 1989, East Germany opened the gates, allowing its citizens to travel west. On a recent tour of Berlin, I was struck by how often the "unthinkable" suddenly becomes reality,

Rediscovering Berlin 25 Years After the Fall of the Wall

Vayable | Posted 01.06.2015 | Travel
Vayable

One of the things to love about Berlin is that -- as historically rich as it is -- it's also an incredibly forward-looking city, bustling with new art, creative types, great food, and sights to see that seem to change by the hour.

When the Wall Came Tumbling Down: The American Public and Berlin

Paul Herrnson | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Paul Herrnson

Though Ronald Reagan's call to "tear down this wall" has come to be iconic of his role in the last days of the Cold War, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was widely seen as the leader primarily responsible for the change.

The Other Berlin Wall -- and What It Can Teach Us Today

Robert F. Darden | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Robert F. Darden

Twenty-five years ago, the Berlin Wall fell. Fifty years ago, a small band of freedom fighters in Selma, Alabama, were being attacked on all sides and simply couldn't spare energy to worry about events in Europe... or anywhere else.

WATCH LIVE: A Conversation With Henry Kissinger

Council On Foreign Relations | Posted 11.04.2014 | World

Henry A. Kissinger reflects on his role in the Cold War, as part of the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall Symposium. ...

Towns Split By East German Wall Reunited Again

AP | KERSTIN SOPKE | Posted 11.07.2014 | World

BOECKWITZ, Germany (AP) — Friedrich-Wilhelm Lenz was only a toddler when the wall went up that split his family's 75-hectare (185-acre) farm in two ...

When Bruce Springsteen Helped Bring Down the Berlin Wall

Greg Mitchell | Posted 01.04.2015 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

Bruce played one of his very long sets -- 32 songs -- and delivered an impassioned speech in grade school but effective enough German: "I'm not here for any government. I've come to play rock 'n' roll for you in the hope that one day all the barriers will be torn down."