Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Fall of the Wall Kindles World Hope

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Fall of the Wall Kindles World Hope

Article excerpt

TWENTY years after the Berlin Wall tumbled in a peaceful revolution, world leaders will on Monday meet in a transformed Germany to fete its shining moment in history and huddle over daunting problems ahead.

The celebrations will culminate in a gathering of luminaries past and present with an estimated 100,000 revellers at the Brandenburg Gate, a potent symbol of unity that was long on the fault line between East and West.

United Germany is basking in the global spotlight on this 20th anniversary, with events large and small recalling the heady night when East Germany's communist authorities stunned the world by suddenly opening the border.

After 28 years as prisoners of their own country, euphoric East Germans streamed to checkpoints and rushed past bewildered border guards, many falling tearfully into the arms of West Germans welcoming them on the other side.

The fall of the Wall sent shockwaves around the world that night, abruptly ending the Cold War and paving the way for the unification of Germany, which had been divided since the end of World War II. …

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