Berlin was the scene of daylong celebrations to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the wall that divided the city. Angela Merkel vowed during a memorial "that no wall will separate people ever again."
The Cold War in Europe ended in Berlin on November 9, 1989 — the culmination of events set in motion long beforehand.
Fewer eastern Germans feel reunification has been beneficial than was the case ten years ago, a new survey finds.
Germany has commemorated 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989. Born into a Europe without the Iron Curtain, DW's Kate Brady assesses the "new walls" in a Germany divided over identity.
Despite rising populism and nationalism worldwide, historian Francis Fukuyama told DW there is hope for liberal democracy. Thirty years after the Berlin Wall fell, "this desire for life in a freer society still exists."
An escape tunnel underneath the Berlin Wall has opened to the public for the first time.
Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the memorial commemorates the fate of people in divided Berlin.
The construction of the Berlin Wall began on August 13, 1961. One of eight inner-city border crossings was created on Friedrichstrasse. Today, Checkpoint Charlie is a special place of remembrance.
The Brandenburg Gate — the famous symbol of German unity. Finished in 1791, it was and is the dramatic setting of European history. Currently it's the main stage for the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Today, the Berlin Wall appears as a photo stop at Checkpoint Charlie or as graffiti artwork at the East Side Gallery. DW’s Hallie Rawlinson retraces the history of the Wall to learn more.
On October 9, 1989, over 70,000 people gathered in Leipzig calling for freedom and democracy — and security forces did not intervene. DW spoke to participants in the demonstration that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall.
On November 4, 1989, a cabal of East German creatives and intellectuals demanded democratic reform. The result was an enormous demonstration that catalyzed the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The Romanian newspapers were silent; the Croatian ones cheered along with everyone. And the Berlin state paper didn't even mention the fall of the Berlin Wall in the first days following November 9, 1989. An analysis.
Born before the Berlin Wall fell, the children of the "Third Generation East" were too young to be involved in the events of 1989. Now they're trying to understand how their families lived under communist dictatorships.
Germany has been a united country again since 1990. About 83 million people live here. Can they be characterized?
A new study says Germany is more satisfied than ever; the happiness gap between east and west continues to narrow.
Thirty years after German reunification, there are still systemic economic and psychological problems to overcome, the government's top official for eastern affairs has said.
On November 9, 1989 the border from east to west is suddenly opened. That night, champagne corks pop in front of the Brandenburg Gate. The wall becomes history. DW traces the remnants of the wall that divided Berlin.
The Berlin Wall went up in almost a single night in 1961. It took nearly three decades to come down.
The year 1961 saw many changes in Germany – from the Berlin Wall to birth control and the Beatles.
Germany was divided between 1945 and 1990. Exactly 70 years after the foundation of East Germany, and 30 years after the peaceful revolution that spelled its demise, that division remains palpable.
Countless attempts were made to escape life in East Germany. Many featured astonishing creativity — and danger.
After years of research, the Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial has mapped thousands of 'conspiratorial' Stasi apartments.
When Erich Honecker became East Germany's leader, he locked up adversaries in the jail where the Nazis imprisoned him.
Thomas Raufeisen was locked up in one of East Germany's most notorious prisons. His crime? Having a spy as a father.
Karin Ranisch has always struggled to believe her son died in an East German hospital in 1975. A search for the truth.
Sabine can never forget the moment her daughters were taken, as punishment for her being disloyal to the GDR regime.
Following a concert in West Germany in November 1976, musician Wolf Biermann was expatriated from the German Democratic Republic. After protests, other artists ended up wanting or having to emigrate from East Germany.
Here's a look at the events that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall and made reunification possible.
Children once taken away from their parents for political reasons are still affected by the policy.
Tourists from all over the world come to Berlin looking for traces of the Wall. Now tour guides stand ready to help.
1949 was a special year in German history as two separate states were founded almost in parallel. The division into East
It's been 58 years since construction of the Berlin Wall began. Katrin Hattenhauer is an activist and former East German resident. She helped start the so-called Monday demonstrations in the eastern city of Leipzig, beginning the pressure that eventually led to the Wall's fall in 1989 and the end of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe. She recounted her experiences to The Day's Laila Harrak.
Lukas Stege explores the past and present in Saxony’s largest city.
In February 1990, 118 artists from 21 countries started painting on the Berlin Wall. By September, more than 100 murals had been created. The Berlin East Side Gallery — one of Berlin's most famous icons — was born.
An art event revisits the symbolism of Berlin's demolished Palace of the Republic and East Germany's progressive ideas.
Artists in the Pankow district are trying to preserve a monument to a lost era.
Looking over the Berlin Wall into East Germany must have been ominous. Artist Stefan Roloff is giving visitors a chance to experience it. He's installed original images from the 1980s where the Berlin Wall once stood.
Sites central to the East German dictatorship became memorials and museums after the fall of the Berlin Wall. They show the scope of imprisonment and injustice, and remind us of those who tried to fight back.
What was life like in East Germany? How does the division of Germany still affect it even now?
It's been three decades since reunification. For eastern Germans, nearly everything has changed.
Berlin commemorates the fall of The Wall.
A rediscovered relic of the cold war, built in 1971, is only visible now for the very first time.
She talks about her life and career path, all the way onto the board of Germany's biggest company.
When Huong Trute came to the GDR as a contract worker, she faced intense racism. How have things changed?
Hartmut Richter risked his life to flee East Germany and went on to help more than 30 others escape.
Thirty years ago, a break in the Iron Curtain saw hundreds of East Germans take a fateful train ride to the West.
The fall of the Berlin Wall has become a global symbol of freedom. But 30 years later, Germany is polarized.
Thirty years after the Berlin Wall fell, we're only now grasping how brutal the transformation was for East Germans.
DW reporter Hardy Graupner remembers the optimism and trepidation he felt when the Wall fell.
DW reporter Uwe Hessler woke up on November 10, 1989 to a new reality: a Germany no longer divided.
The Berlin Wall fell 30 years ago, and a generation who never knew divided Germany has grown up, says DW's Greta Hamann.
Has German unification been accomplished, three decades on? By no means, says Kay-Alexander Scholz.
Jürgen Cyrulik aimed to flee East Germany via Bulgaria, but was captured. Decades later, he again meets his captor.
Consumer goods from the German Democratic Republic (GDR) had a reputation for shoddy quality and gruesome styling. But decades after the collapse of the communist regime, some East German brands are once again thriving.
Sewing your own clothes in communist East Germany was a subtle act of resistance against the regime. Women who wanted to craft their own style looked to the legendary magazine Sybille — the Vogue of the East.
If the Berlin Wall had never fallen in 1989, today the German Chancellor might be on a road trip through the US and listening to Bruce Springsteen, she told a magazine. But she wouldn't have taken an American car.
From lakes to saunas and parks: Is Germany's nudist culture, known as FKK, dying out or still making waves? It's still strong enough to inspire a change of attitude for Berlin-based expats.
On November 7, 1957, the first "Trabi" rolled off the line. Thousands of them crossed from East to West Germany in 1989, two years before its production was halted. Explore the history of the car that's now cult.
Actor Matthias Freihof remembers celebrating his gay-themed film's premiere as the Berlin Wall fell.
After being imprisoned in East Germany for political protest, Gabriele Stötzer became an artist.
Rock singer Saulius Urbonavicius, alias Samas, tells the story of Lithuanians' "Singing Revolution."
Photographer Klaus D. Fahlbusch felt trapped by the Berlin Wall. He traveled the world when it fell.
These athletes were already standouts in the domestic scene in the GDR. But after the Berlin Wall came down and German reunification took place in 1990, they went on to make a name for themselves on the world stage.
For Uwe Rösler the player, then aged 20, the fall of the Berlin Wall could scarcely have been better timed.
DW's Matt Ford visited BFC Dynamo in Berlin, a unique club battling with the specters of past and present.
Has reunification been a success for Germans? Former East German civil rights activist Katrin Hattenhauer says everyone in Germany has responsibility to make it work.
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Having been caught planning punk concerts, Hahn lost her job. But then she came up with a daring plan.
When the Berlin Wall tore Reimann from her one true love, the couple planned her escape from the GDR – as a Belgian.
As a student, Köster lived in one of the first communes in Frankfurt and took part in a legendary political rally.
Still in high school, Grüning wanted to help a friend escape the GDR. He hired a smuggler, but things didn't go to plan.
The fall of the Wall brings German reunification and a personal liberation for Schatz.
The authorities kept a close eye on Ostberg as his band, the politically opinionated Oktoberklub, grew in popularity.
He was a committed communist and voluntarily moved to East Germany. There, he became a dissident and was stripped of his citizenship. Wolf Biermann tells DW about his disillusionment with socialism and his conviction that people must speak up.
East German musician Wolf Biermann took the stage in West Germany in November 1976. His performance unleashed a chain reaction of criticism from both the communist state and its citizens — with historic consequences.
Movie posters in the former East Germany were designed with fewer limitations and greater creative freedom.
The Berlinale features some of the films produced in East Germany which were shelved by the authorities 50 years ago.
They were outsiders, teenagers, rebelling against confinement. They were despised by citizens loyal to the state, harassed by GDR authorities, and locked up in prison. But being punk also meant freedom.
He's one of Europe's most successful contemporary artists. The documentary "Neo Rauch - Gefährten und Begleiter" by Nicola Graef offers insights into the life of the media-shy star of the New Leipzig School.
The Berlin Wall and its fall inspired many artists, who adorned its surface with works both personal and political. The art ranges from large pieces in the East Side Gallery to small installations that shine in the dark.
From postwar reconstruction to beautified concrete slabs, GDR architects built what the country needed and the Socialist Unity Party desired. GDR architecture was diverse and distinct — and much of it still stands.
Risen from the Ruins: The band Rammstein and German reunification.
Ahead of the Day of German Unity, Udo Lindenberg was awarded Germany’s Federal Cross of Merit. On this special edition, we meet the German rock legend at an exhibition of his visual art in Leipzig.
History comes alive in Clärchens Ballhaus, the dance hall where people from East and West Berlin met up.
The photo exhibit "Voll der Osten," celebrates the work of photographer Harald Hauswald.
East Berlin was the center of power in communist East Germany, but it was also a city where subversive currents thrived.
Thirty years after the Berlin Wall fell, an exhibition is highlighting the often misunderstood art scene in the GDR.
After being banned for years, here's how the rock star managed to be invited to perform in East Berlin in 1983.
Rammstein members grew up in the GDR's punk and underground scene — a subversive tradition that still influences them.
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