Germany marks 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall – so do I

The Berlin Wall – which divided the largest German city into a democratic part and a communist one – fell on November 9, 1989.

Nowadays its vestiges are popular tourist attractions.

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But for me, they’re not just places where visitors can take pictures. They don’t talk, but they speak volumes about where Germany has been, and where it is headed.

I was lucky enough to visit Germany in 2009 for a journalism workshop, through the invitation of Deutsche Welle’s DW Akademie.

Part of the Wall located at Potsdamer Platz.
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Checkpoint Charlie area. Had it not been for the name “Checkpoint Charlie,” I wouldn’t have known that that area used to be a tense place where opposing forces during the Cold War were located so close to each other.
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English. Russian. French. German. The first three languages were spoken by the victorious Allies.
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A man walks past a photo showing the multilingual sign above.
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U.S. Army checkpoint. Of course it no longer functions as such, but it serves as a reminder of the role played by the U.S. during World War II.
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Literally, “Wall Street”
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