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The start of the fall of the Berlin Wall

funkiestginger's memory of 9th November 1989

My family and i lived in Germany for five years whilst my father was in the RAF. One weekend my parents decided to take my sisters and i away in the caravan to Berlin again. This was to be our second visit to the city. The day that the wall started to come down we had spent in East Berlin, visiting the local sights. Mid-afternoon we came back through Checkpoint Charlie and there wasn't the usual stop and search type methods with hours of looking through my father's military papers, which was very unusual. We were waved through and noticed a commotion actually on the west side of the wall so we stopped. People were chipping parts of the wall away as souveniers (as we did too!) and making a large hole in the wall so that the Grepo (East German wall police) could come through the wall onto the west side. We have pictures of my sisters who were 4/5 at the time and i (i was 8) sitting on the back of one of the Grepo's motorbikes and other pictures of them holding my sister's and dancing around. We stayed there until very late - it was a very magical atmosphere. Although i didn't really understand why the wall was there until much later when i learnt about it in history, i knew that many people had died trying to get over the wall or through the checkpoints. It was only a few months before this time that someone had died trying to get across. I feel i am so lucky to have been there that day - it was purely coincidental that we were there. If i see film footage of that time in Berlin then i will watch very carefully to see if my family or i are on it, dancing on top of the wall in front of the Brandenburg Gate!

Also on 9th November 1989...

  • Cold War: Communist-controlled East Germany opens checkpoints in the Berlin Wall allowing its citizens to freely travel to West Germany.

    Wikipedia
  • Berliners celebrate the fall of the Wall

    The Berlin Wall is dramatically breached after nearly three decades of keeping East and West Berliners apart.

    BBC On This Day
  • UK Prime Minister

    Margaret Thatcher

  • Monarch of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

    Elizabeth II

  • US President

    George H. W. Bush

  • BBC 1 on this day

    19:29 - EASTENDERS - 09 November 1989

    19:59 - THE LES DAWSON SHOW - 09 November 1989

    20:29 - SPOTLIGHT - LIFE AFTER LIFE

    20:29 - SOME MOTHERS DO 'AVE 'EM - THE HOSPITAL VISIT

    21:33 - CRIMEWATCH UK - 09 November 1989

    22:18 - QUESTION TIME - 09 November 1989

  • BBC 2 on this day

    19:30 - THE VICTORIAN KITCHEN - AFTERNOON TEA

    20:01 - SECRET NATURE - WILD GAME

    20:31 - TOP GEAR - 09 November 1989

    21:04 - ALEXEI SAYLE'S STUFF - 4, SIX BODY BUILDERS OF THE ITALIAN RENAISSANCE

    21:32 - FORTY MINUTES - CITY PARISH

    22:13 - SMITH AND JONES IN SMALL DOSES - 4, THE WAITING ROOM

    22:30 - NEWSNIGHT - 09 November 1989

  • Radio 2 on this day

    22:30 - ROY JEFFRIES - 09 November 1989

  • Radio 3 on this day

    19:05 - THIRD EAR - PAUL DANIEL

    19:30 - BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA - RFH

    21:05 - TONGUE OF TONGUES - 09 November 1989

    21:55 - SONGS WITH HORN OBLIGATO JOHN PIGNEGUY JULIAN PIKE - 17 October 1986

    22:10 - MUSIC IN OUR TIME - LONTANO

    23:00 - COMPOSER OF THE WEEK - PALESTRINA 4/5

  • Radio 4 on this day

    19:05 - THE ARCHERS - 09 November 1989

    19:20 - A YEAR AT THE TOP - A YEAR AT THE TOP

    20:00 - ANALYSIS - 09 November 1989

    20:45 - DOES HE TAKE SUGAR? - 09 November 1989

    22:02 - THE NEWS HUDDLINES - 09 November 1989

    22:45 - THE CAMOMILE LAWN - 09 November 1989

    23:00 - FRENCHMAN'S CREEK - 09 November 1989

  • S4C on this day

    20:30 - NEWYDDION - 09 November 1989

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