The 32nd anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

November 9th marked the 32nd anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and communism throughout Europe.

Via Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter:

November 9th marks two historic dates: the destruction of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and Kristallnacht in 1938, the night Nazis systematized their anti-Jewish violence

For here on either side of the wall are God’s children, and no man-made barrier can obliterate that fact. – Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., St. Mary’s Church, East Berlin, September 13, 1964.

November 9th has a double significance in German history.

Thirty two years ago today was a day of freedom when the Berlin Wall was torn down and a symbol of totalitarianism crumbled. The Communist empire that emerged after WW2 began to implode in a process that would end on Christmas 1991 with the nonviolent dissolution of the Soviet Union.

From 1961 to 1989 the Berlin Wall divided what is today Germany’s capital and the world. February 5, 2018 marked the date on which the Wall had been down for as long as it once stood: 28 years, 2 months and 27 days.

Sixty years ago, in the early morning hours of August 13, 1961, the Berlin Wall went up and divided the old German capital city in two. Western manufacturers provided the 150 tons of coiled barb wire to imprison East Germans behind the Berlin Wall for an entire generation.

In East Germany there are 136 documented cases of German civilians killed by East German border guards between 1961 and 1989 with their names provided. An estimated 1,000 were killed trying to cross. The East German government had given a clear Order to Border Guards on October 1, 1973 that left no doubt to their criminal nature.

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