Take me to the magic of the moment
On a glory night
Where the children of tomorrow dream away
In the wind of change

Wind of Change, the Scorpions

 

30 years since the fall

During the night of 13th August 1961, a wall was put up, dividing East and West Berlin, separating families friends and neighbours. On 9th November 1989, 30 years ago today, Berlin was reunited when the wall fell.

After World War II Berlin was divided into two parts with the western allies occupying the West and the Soviet Union occupying the East. The wall was built by the Soviet Union to stop East German workers moving to the West where they would find more opportunities and a freer life. With the wall in place, East Germans could no longer travel to the other side and many people were cut off from their families and their jobs. During the 28 years that it stood, there were many attempts to escape into the West, especially through the famous Checkpoint Charlie. In 1986, American street artist and activist, Keith Haring, painted the western side of the wall.

The wall remained a symbol of the Cold War until its fall in November 1989. Euphoria was felt all over the world as images of a free Berlin filled TV screens and newspapers.

In 1990, German band, the Scorpions, made a song, Wind of Change, which became a symbol of the reunification and reflected the hope felt at the end of the Cold War.

 

The wind of change
Blows straight into the face of time
Like a stormwind that will ring the freedom bell
For peace of mind

 

 

 

 

 

 

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