Those of us who grew up only knowing the Cold War and that the people of eastern Europe as our enemies, the events 25 years ago this weekend were unthinkable. Â The Berlin Wall, a communist concrete monstrosity that separated east from west at the Brandenburg Gate, finally became irrelevant and Germans started tearing down what separated the country by hand. Â For us, all of us, it was the symbolic ending of a decades long conflict that saw no true fields of battle, just jockeying for position between two world superpowers.
News media from around the world reported from Berlin that weekend. Â Here is a concise look of the joy of that time from the late Peter Jennings of ABC.
The human angle of reunification is only part of what we who never knew a united Germany were stunned to see. Â There was also this:
The wall is now a part of history, but those of us who watched it fall from far away will not forget its symbolism. Â Or that Germans wanted it gone so badly they torn it down themselves. Â 25 years ago this weekend.