The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall

Berlin Wall Germany East West Communism Oppression
Raymond Depardon / Magnum

No Longer Divided
On November 9, 1989, East German leader Egon Krenz rescinded travel restrictions for East Germans and tens of thousands of them flooded the checkpoints along the wall, demanding entry into the West. In the face of the growing crowd, the guards yielded.

Get the Latest Photos from
Get TIME photos and pictures of the week delivered directly to your inbox.