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Fall of the Berlin Wall

On the evening of November 9, 1989, East Germany announced an easing of travel restrictions to the west, and thousands demanded passage through the Berlin Wall. Faced with a growing demonstration, East German border guards allowed citizens to cross. CBS News is on the scene as scores of East Germans climb on top of the once-imprisoning wall.

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  • Fall of the Berlin Wall
    Fall of the Berlin Wall

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    On the evening of November 9, 1989, East Germany announced an easing of travel restrictions to the west, and thousands demanded passage through the Berlin Wall. Faced with a growing demonstration, East German border guards allowed citizens to cross. CBS News is on the scene as scores of East Germans climb on top of the once-imprisoning wall.

    Audio Clip (1:07)
  • West German Foreign Minister on Fall of Berlin Wall
    West German Foreign Minister on Fall of Berlin Wall

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    West German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher traveled to the U.S. to meet with President George H.W. Bush the day after the November 20, 1989, fall of the Berlin Wall. In his public remarks, Genscher pledges to encourage democratic reform.

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  • Bush on the Fall of the Berlin Wall
    Bush on the Fall of the Berlin Wall

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    The day after the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 20, 1989, President George H. W. Bush met with West German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher to discuss plans for the reunification of Germany. As a token of his gratitude to the United States, Genscher brought President Bush a piece of the Berlin Wall. In a press conference, Bush thanks the foreign minister for the gift.

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  • Bush Calls for Glasnost in East Berlin
    Bush Calls for Glasnost in East Berlin

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    On May 31, 1989, in a speech delivered in Mainz, West Germany, President George H. W. Bush emphasizes America's desire to see the barriers between the east and west come down.

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  • Reagan Demands Fall of Berlin Wall
    Reagan Demands Fall of Berlin Wall

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    On June 12, 1987, in a speech delivered from the Brandenburg Gate in West Germany, President Ronald Reagan makes one of his most famous statements when he calls on Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.

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  • John F. Kennedy Rallies Hope for Berlin
    John F. Kennedy Rallies Hope for Berlin

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    In a speech delivered in Berlin on June 26, 1963, President John F. Kennedy expresses his hopes for the reunification of Germany and shows solidarity with the crowd when he says, "I take pride in the words: Ich bin ein Berliner."

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  • History Rocks: The Berlin Wall
    History Rocks: The Berlin Wall

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    The Fall of the Berlin Wall, set to "We're Not Going to Take It" by Twisted Sister.

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