Twenty years ago today, the fall of the Berlin Wall opened the way to German reunification and contributed to the eventual fall of the Soviet Union. While the political legacy of these events is still contentious, few mourn the physical presence of the wall that divided families and scarred the urban landscape of Berlin for 28 years.


Associated Press, [East German soldier jumping barbed wire barricade to freedom as he defects from East Berlin], 1961


Bild Zeitung, [East German police lifting corpse of 18-year old Peter Fechter across barbed wire after they shot him as he attempted to cross over the Berlin Wall. He was left near the wall for 50 minutes screaming for help before he died], August 17, 1962


Henri Cartier-Bresson, The construction of the Berlin Wall, 1962



Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Berlin Wall, 1962


Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Berlin Wall, 1962


Alfred Eisenstaedt, Luckauerstrasse, West Berlin, September 1979

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