November 9th 1989: The day that changed the world. Growing up in the 1980s, many of us were used to news coverage on the Cold War, the conflict between the USA and the Soviet Union, using Germany as their chess board. And it was no wonder: Germany was divided, along with its capital, Berlin. However, the Fall of the Wall on this day 25 years ago changed that. We became curious about the other side of the world that was once closed off for many years. When the East German Government announced the opening of the gate, the news reached the airwaves almost instantly. I had an opportunity to collect some news stories of the events to be posted on this day. And no matter the news coverage, the pictures were clear: The borders must go and the two Germanys must reunite. Have a look at the clips and see for yourself:
This leads to the question of where you were when the word of the Berlin Wall coming down came about? What were your first-hand reactions? And how do you see Germany today in comparison to then? In the past 25 years, Germany has transformed itself from being two states under different controls to a powerhouse that has attracted millions. Instead of being that chessboard of 25 years ago, the country today controls its destiny, and the rest of Europe are looking to that country that has veered away from its painful past and has written its own history for many people to read about. The Wall was a symbol of repression, but its Fall became the symbol of justice and freedom, something we should remember to this day, as Germany took the lead and helped create the modern world that we still live in today- the world of peace and prosperity, the world of multi-culture and globalization and the world where we can express ourselves and make a difference without being taken to jail for it.
How do you perceive Germany today in comparison to 25 years ago? Share your stories about your reactions to the Fall of the Wall and how Germany has fared from your point of view. Place your stories and thoughts in the comment section below.