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Jakarta Post

Fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years on: A day of joy, reflection

  • Peter Schoof

    Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 8 2019   /  01:46 am

The ninth of November is an iconic date for the German people: On this day, 10 years ago, the infamous Berlin Wall was brought down by people’s power, and the way to the reunification of Germany was opened. After 40 years of bitter division, Germans on both sides of the Iron Curtain were reunited, and those who had been deprived of freedom and democracy under Communist rule were finally liberated. It was a day of great and pure joy. We, who saw these events unfolding, will never forget the magic moments, when our fellow countrymen from the Eastern part of Berlin freely and happily crossed the brutal border, which had been closed for so long, and which, over decades, had seen the violent deaths of so many people trying to cross it in vain. We all witnessed that the will of the people finally prevailed over tyranny, without a shot fired and without a life lost. What we experienced was ri...