The Berlin Wall Memorial along Bernauer Strasse is a place where traces of the former border strip have been preserved and victims are given the respect they deserve. Here history can be experienced and dictatorship confronted, sending out a strong message of courage and hope to the world.
In one of his most famous Cold War speeches, U.S. President Ronald Reagan challenged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on June 12, 1987, to tear down the Berlin Wall.
November 9, 2014, marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, when East Germany met West Germany and citizens were allowed to cross the border freely for the first time in 28 years.
Families and friends were reunited and one journalist described the celebrations as "the greatest street party in the history of the world."
Here Victorian News Presenter Ian Henderson recalls covering this historic moment.
Unable to halt the headlong exodus of its population through ‘third states’, the East German regime concedes its citizens the right to leave. The Berlin Wall is effectively history. In the coming days, East Berliners destroy it with their own hands.
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Night Crossing is a 1982 Disney film starring John Hurt and Beau Bridges. The film is based on the true story of the Strelzyk and Wetzel families, who on September 16, 1979 escaped from East Germany.