Why did the Berlin Wall fall in 1989?
Germany has been through a lot through out its long and tumultuous history. It was not always the stable and progressive country that it is today. There was a time when the country was divided and there was a struggle for the power of the government versus the power of the people that lived in Germany. After everything that happened with the Nazis, there was a lot of fear and anger writhing about in the civilians of the country. There was a defined split between two sides of the country. Therefore, in order to protect them, there was a huge wall built separating the country in to eastern Germany and western Germany. This wall was built as a physical representation of the emotional and political split in the country. There was a ban placed on people to freely move from one side of the wall to the other.
In 1961, the Berlin Wall was built, and less than thirty years later in 1989, the wall was ordered to be broken down. The news that the ban on the free movement of people from one side of the wall to the other was lifted spread quickly through out all of Germany. In reaction to the news of the ban being lifted civilians, families, friends, and others rejoiced by climbing the wall and celebrating the end of a long and strife filled era. This wall was a symbol of discord, and the guards that enforced the ban on movement were an image of the force that was willing to be used to keep people out of each designated side of the country. The wall was ordered to be brought down in 1989; however, the actual wall did not get permanently destroyed until a year later. This was a huge accomplishment for Germany, and the civilians and government were both happy that it was finally over.
There are a number of countries that have used large walls to separate portions of the country in times of great struggle. Germany is just one of the countries that has gone through this pain. However, it is also one of the only countries to order the wall to be destroyed. While the presence of the wall was a symbol of the trouble that the country was going through at the time, the act of destroying wall is a representation of the triumph of unity over separation.
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