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10 Great Escapes Across The Berlin Wall

For 28 years, communist-controlled East Germany was cut off from the capitalist enclave of West Berlin by a barrier of concrete, barbed wire and heavily armed guards.<p>The first barricades of what would become the Berlin Wall sprung up in August 1961, after the number of East Germans leaving the GDR …

Berlin Wall – readers' memories: 'It's hard to remember how scary the Wall was'

We’ve been asking readers to share their photos and memories of the Berlin Wall from watching it go up to being there the night it came down<p>You can see all the contributions – or submit your own – via GuardianWitness<p><b>Barb Dignan was living in Germany when the Wall was being built</b><p>“I was a 14-year-old …

Fall of the Berlin Wall opened a world of opportunity

The demolition of the Berlin Wall and collapse of Communism in Europe led to a turbulent transition but was worth the pain<p>Sunday marks 25 years exactly since the Berlin Wall fell. Probably the most important political event of the second half of the 20th century, the collapse of that ghastly …

25 Years After The Fall Of The Wall, These Photos Merge Past And Present, East And West

On November 9, 1989, thousands of East Berliners headed to the borders that had separated them from the western part of their city and demanded to be allowed to cross. That night, the people on both sides of the Berlin Wall brought down the barrier between East and West, reuniting a city that had …

WATCH: Bill Neely Reports on Fall of Berlin Wall in 1989

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The Night the Wall Came Down

There are certain images to which one is an eyewitness -- images seen through one's own eyes or through the miracle of television -- that are seared into one's memory, forever. Of course 9-11, President Kennedy's assassination, the Challenger space shuttle disaster, "shock-and-awe," rank high among …

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As Germany celebrates Berlin Wall's demise, harsh realities lurk

To mark the 25th anniversary of the<p>fall of the Berlin Wallthis weekend, 8,000 stationary lighted balloons snake their way through nearly 10 miles of the city, tracing the path of the hated Cold War divide.<p>The softly glowing orbs, which will be released into the night sky Sunday amid the celebration …