It’s 24 years today since the fall of the Berlin Wall. It was 9th November 1989 that thousands of East Germans crossed into West Berlin for the first time in 28 years.
Here’s a picture I took in 1987 of the Berlin Wall in front of the Brandenburg Gate. As you can see, it was a sad, desolate looking place:
And here’s another one, taken this year, of me standing on the east side of the Brandenburg Gate having just walked through it, something that would have been impossible back in 1987:
During its 28 year history, at least 136 people died trying to escape across the Wall from East Berlin into West Berlin. During this time of Remembrance when we remember those who died in two world wars, we should not forget the victims of the Cold War.
But above all, the fall of the Berlin Wall should give us hope for the future. Given time, oppressive regimes will always crumble, the way the Berlin Wall crumbled when the East Germans took sledgehammers to it.