The separation of East and West Berlin is perfect fodder for tragedies. Separated families, ruined lives, dreams destroyed; the Berlin Wall remains vivid cultural shorthand for oppression for a reason. On the anniversary of its fall, I recommend watching something that celebrates the humanity of the people divided by…
November this year marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. In addition to the usual civic ceremonies and the like, this anniversary will be commemorated by an art installation tracing the site of wall with lit-up helium balloons.
At its peak, the Berlin Wall was 100 miles long. Today only about a mile is left standing. Compared with other famous walls in history, this wall had a pretty short life span.
It is one of the greatest moments in televised history — excited friends and family members tear through the Berlin Wall, reuniting East and West Germany after decades of separation.
On August 13th, 1961, East German troops set out to close the border between East and West once and for all with the construction of the Berlin Wall. This one-124 mile expanse of barbed wire and concrete changed the tone of the Cold War and remains a powerful symbol to this day.
About six months ago, those Styrofoam dominoes were sent all around to world and painted by school children and artists. Today they were reunited in a 1.5km line where the Berlin Wall once stood. And just like the wall did so many years ago, they fell to deafening cheers. [Dominoaktion and news:lite]