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The Fall of the Wall at 25

Friday, 7 November, 2014

On Sunday, Germany will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The construction of that infamous barrier began in 1961, and until 9 November 1989 it symbolized the cruelty of Communism and manifested the lie of “Democratic Socialism.” Those who gave their lives when attempting to scale it paid the ultimate price for freedom and their sacrifice should never be forgotten.

The Atlantic has put together a memorable collection of 36 photos chronicling the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall. One of the most unforgettable images of the Wall shows East German border guard Conrad Schumann jumping over it, when it was just barbed wire. He made a new life in Bavaria, and saw the Wall fall in real-time on TV. But he struggled with his past and, suffering from depression, committed suicide in 1998. One more victim of an evil, discredited ideology.

The Berlin Wall


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  1. Henry Barth says:

    Peter Fechter bleeding to death alongside the wall while the world watched for a hour rather sums up Communism. http://www.berlin.de/mauer/gedenkstaetten/peter_fechter/index.en.php

    Michael D. Higgins should have the images of Fechter before him when he prates on about Socialism and the future of humanity.