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20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Below is a brief video history highlighting the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall.

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Construction of the Berlin Wall began in August 1961. The wall was fully erected and patrolled by November of the same year.

The Berlin Wall separated East Berlin and West Berlin for 28 years. During that time there were around 5,000 successful escapes to West Berlin.

In December 1964, Communist Berlin briefly opened the Berlin Wall to allow families to visit during the holiday season. Over one million West Berlin citizens visited East Berlin during the 17-day pass agreement.


November 9, 1989 is considered the day the Wall fell even though the wall was still patrolled for some time after, though with decreasing intensity. June 13, 1990 marked the beginning of the official dismantling of the wall.

In November 1989, an East Berliner states that it is the first time he saw the Berlin Wall from the West Side.

Author: Ashley McMahon, Marketing Manager
Published: Nov 9, 11:19 AM

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