Today, 20 years ago, one of the most influential events of the 20th century took place, a day which changed history forever, November 9, 1989, the Berlin wall came down.
The wall which separated Germany was being torn down, piece by piece, this wall, a wall which had made Germans prisoners in their own country was now being destroyed. At that moment the Communist regime, a regime which had taken the freedoms and lives of so many people was now starting to crumble in the form of a wall. This event marked a day in history, when the oppressed struck back at the oppressors and started to take down not only just a wall, but a wall that had been a symbol of divided Europe, oppression and the Cold War.
Many people died trying to cross the wall, today in Berlin and all over Germany they were remembered as well, it has been estimated that the death toll was well above 200 people.
I know I was born 2 years latter after this event happened, but when I first saw pictures and especially the more in depth videos, I felt something special I think. I felt a sense of happiness and joy, knowing that during this point in history, people stood up against one of the most powerful regimes in the world and although they didn't win that day they vowed they would come back and finish what had started. The persistence of the people there was amazing, I honestly wish I could have been there to see such a glorious thing!
Me being the defiant kind of person I am, it was very empowering to see this huge amount of defiance and I felt a sense of pride in humanity I had never felt before. Although I was not there, the empowerment I got from viewing this spectacle in historical footage was truly amazing.
Just think about it, only 20 years ago the Soviet Union was still in power controlling the lives of millions and millions of people and now, today they are no more.
It's amazing to see people uniting together and defying such huge super power!
Anything can be accomplished if people come together!
I just wanted to remind everyone of this important day in history which changed the lives of so many people across Germany, Europe and the world.
Feel free to post some stories any of you guys have about the wall, feelings about it, etc.
Post any links you feel are important for others to see and I can edit them into my post as well.
Check out the links below if you would like to learn more about this historical day.
These particular videos are very good, it's seen from the German perspective:
Part 1: YouTube - The opening of the Wall at Berlin Bornholmer Strasse 1989
Part 2: YouTube - The opening of the Berlin Wall 1989 / Reichstag (English Subtitles)
Berlin celebrates night that changed world - CNN.com
Autumn of Change: CNN stories marking the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall - Special Reports from CNN.com
20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall | Google
YouTube - Fall of the Berlin Wall: The moment the barriers came down
YouTube - Moments in History - The Fall of the Berlin Wall