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09/11/1989 East Germany permanently opens the Berlin Wall

The East German regime announced 10 new border crossings, including the significant locations of Potsdamer Platz, Glienicker Brücke, and Bernauer Straße. The Berlin Wall was demolished over the following days and weeks.


  • Essentials 

  • Background 

  • Erection of the inner German border 

  • Construction begins, 1961 

  • Structure and adjacent areas 

  • Official crossings and usage 

  • Concerts by Western artists and growing anti-Wall sentiment 

  • ''"Ich bin ein Berliner"'' and "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this Wall." 

  • Fall of the Berlin Wall 

  • Legacy 

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