Freedom! The Berlin Wall

The Wall crumbles overnight, Berliners embrace in joy and a stunned world ponders the consequences

Tom Stoddart / Hulton Archive / Getty

Crowds bear witness to the fall of the Berlin Wall on Nov. 10, 1989

For 28 years it had stood as the symbol of the division of Europe and the world, of Communist suppression, of the xenophobia of a regime that had to lock its people in lest they be tempted by another, freer life -- the Berlin Wall, that hideous, 28-mile-long scar through the heart of a once proud European capital, not to mention the soul of a people. And then -- poof! -- it was gone. Not physically, at least yet, but gone as an effective barrier between East and West, opened in one unthinkable, stunning stroke to people it had kept apart...

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