The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall

Post-World War II international agreements enabled Americans — servicemembers and civilians — to visit East Berlin without visas. Still, crossing the Berlin Wall was an intimidating experience.

Fall of Wall paved way for end of Cold War

On the night of Nov. 9, 1989, thousands of Germans swarmed along both sides of the Berlin Wall — opened under massive public pressure by an East German leadership that realized its days were numbered. Within a year, the East German communists were gone. Germany was a reunited country again.

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