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The Berlin Wall Fell 24 Years Ago Today. Here’s What It Looked Like
November 9, 2013
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November 10, 1989
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The German Democratic Republic (also known as East Germany) began building the Berlin wall in 1961, partly in response to the estimated 3.5 million East Germans who defected to West Germany and the rest of Western Europe before its construction. Nearly three decades later, as Eastern Bloc communism was collapsing, the GDR lifted the travel restrictions on its citizens and almost immediately, crowds of East Germans started climbing the wall and crossing the border. Scenes from that day, and the euphoric week that followed, have become iconic, with citizens on both sides of the wall chipping away at what had become a symbol of the Iron Curtain. We've collected some of those images in the gallery above.

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