B4 Retouch: Berlin Wall 25 Years Open

On Remembrance Sunday, the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall commemorated in great style.

What's (in) the picture?

On November 9 1989 the Berlin Wall opened. A few days later I happened to be in Berlin. The Wall was open. There was a ‘hole’ on thePotsdamer Platz. A long row of people was waiting in the big empty space. On the east side the atmosphere was still spooky and depressing. The Wall had opened, but the  infrastructure that kept East-Germans inside was still there. The guards, the towers, the barbwire, the mines, the ‘no man’s land zone’, the spooky and unrealistic atmosphere of separation and repression. On the west side spirits were high; people were attacking The Wall to get memorabilia, tearing it down with hammers and chisels. There was the anticipation of change, everybody (including the press at the Brandenburger Tor) was waiting for The Big Opening. It was the principal press area for reporting from Berlin in those days. People selling t-shirts, buttons. Here an album of pictures…

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