The Fox Remembers: The Berlin Wall

November 9, 2014 § Leave a comment


The Berlin Wall stood for 28 years. From 1961 to 1989 the wall divided Germany and came to be seen as a symbol of the Cold War, fear and political oppression. After months of civil unrest and protests during the summer and fall of 1989, the SED Politburo decreed on November 9th, 1989 that East German refugees, and even private travelers, could freely exit the East. Following this announcement, the wall slowly began to crumble over the ensuing months as mauerspecht (or wall peckers) on both sides of the wall began to chip away at it piece by piece. The first East Germans to push through the overwhelmed SED forces were greeted with champagne and celebration.


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