Twenty Years Ago

Twenty years ago, on 9 November 1989, the Berlin Wall came down.

I remember the day, but the TV coverage doesn’t belong to my most intense childhood TV memories: It feels like this event is bracketed by stronger memories of the Challenger disaster and Chernobyl in 1986 and Desert Shield/Desert Storm in 1990/91.

The German radio station that I listen to, NDR2, is playing music that was popular during Die Wende (“the turning point”, as the end of East Germany and the beginning of a reunified Germany is often called in German), and people are calling in their memories of the day.

One story was particularly funny:

I woke up with daddy standing naked in my room, yelling ‘the wall is open, the wall is open!’ I didn’t know which wall. Was there a hole in our house?


About Mathias

Software development engineer. Principal developer of DrJava. Recent Ph.D. graduate from the Department of Computer Science at Rice University.
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