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Anniversary of the "fall" of the Berlin Wall.

This weekend marks the anniversary of an event in history which the Washington Post called “the most stunning step since World War II towards ending the East-West division of Europe”. 

Eighteen years ago today, on Nov. 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall "fell" when East Germans were allowed to enter West Germany.  Egon Krenz , East Germany's new leader, announced that East Germans could in future travel freely abroad, simply using an exit visa stamped in their identity cards.

Over the weekend of Nov. 10–11 around 2,000,000 East Germans flooded through breaches in the Berlin Wall, which had divided the city since 1961. 

Enjoy your weekend, and if you wish to learn more about the fall of the Berlin Wall, please click here.

Posted by Lorna Meaney at

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