25 years after The Wall came down
It was always possible in my lifetime. But for my parents, they never thought they’d see the Fall of the Berlin Wall. The grew up with the world on edge throughout the middle part of the 20th Century. And at times, a finger tip away from World War Three.
The Berlin Wall doesn’t mean anything anymore.
But on Nov. 9, 1989 the wall that divided a people as much as a nation came crashing down. Forty-four years after it became divided, it was united once again.
In the summer of 1989, many Eastern European countries began to open their borders to allow their citizens to travel. It was only a matter of time before East Germany would rise up as a tide of change began grip Communist bloc countries.
In the days leading up to Nov. 9, a series of protests throughout East Germany started the tide of change within that country.
A week before the wall came down, the East German government began to allow citizens to travel into Czechoslovakia. But no one expected the shockwave that would follow a few short days later when the government would allow their citizens to travel.
I remember watching NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw and him standing in front of The Wall with the thousands of people in the background standing atop a wall that just a week earlier would have been unthinkable was a sight.
As a freshman in high school, I understood the magnitude of the historical moment unfolding in front of me. As a history nerd, I was enthralled with the event. Even today, it stands out as a moment where I can remember what I was doing when I saw Germans helping their fellow countrymen and women over the wall and welcoming them with open arms.
And for my parents, it was something they never thought would happen: the fall of the Berlin Wall and the fall of Communism.
ABC News’ Peter Jennings reports from The Berlin Wall