Berlin Wall: Germans reflect the fall

Twenty-five years after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, Germans are reflecting on this historic event, which one commentator says was 'on the scale of the fall of the Roman Empire.'

Sequence of events 'on the scale of the fall of the Roman Empire'

25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall


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Recalling the historic demise of the Cold War barrier dividing Germany 2:12

It's been a quarter-century since the collapse of the Berlin Wall, that symbol of cold war antagonism that split Germany into east and west.

The country has since been reunited, but for many Germans, the video footage of the protests and the subsequent dismantling of the physical barrier still elicits powerful feelings and memories of shock and disbelief.

"I thought it was a film," says one man, reflecting on the historic event, which eventually led to the fall of Communism and the collapse of the Soviet Union.

As one German woman says, "It still brings tears to your eyes when you think about it."

Watch the video above for German reflections on the fall of the wall.


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