30 years ago the Berlin wall fell

30 лет назад рухнула Берлинская стена

Look at how people were happy when the dictatorship comes to an end.

30 years ago, on the evening of 9 November 1989, the Politburo of the ruling party of the GDR, günther Schabowski accidentally announced at a press conference that the country’s leadership has allowed the citizens to freely leave it, writes “Medusa”.

Party rule in East Germany for 40 years, during which time attempt to go to the West was considered a serious crime — including trying to leave for West Berlin, became part of neighbouring West Germany and in 1961 surrounded by a concrete wall.

The wall height greater than 3.6 metres and a length of about 160 kilometers, was built by order of the USSR to prevent a mass Exodus of residents of East Berlin.

In less than 30 years of its existence, according to conservative estimates, more than 100 people were killed trying to overcome it. The Berlin wall became one of the main symbols of the socialist dictatorship and isolation, but was destroyed in one day from the random statements of a party functionary.

A few hours after Schabowski’s speech to the wall on both sides came tens of thousands of people by midnight, under General rejoicing, the checkpoint was opened. The fall of the wall made it almost inevitable collapse of the GDR, which a year later merged with Germany.

“Medusa” publishes photos of the photographers of the Agency “Magnum” on the Berlin events of November 1989.

30 лет назад рухнула Берлинская стена

RESIDENTS OF WEST BERLIN NEAR CHECKPOINT, KNOWN AS CHECKPOINT CHARLIE, JUST AFTER THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE OPENING OF THE BORDER. ON 9 NOVEMBER 1989.
PHOTO: MARK POWER / MAGNUM PHOTOS / EAST NEWS

30 лет назад рухнула Берлинская стена

RESIDENTS OF WEST BERLIN CLIMB ON THE WALL. 10 NOVEMBER 1989
PHOTO: MARK POWER / MAGNUM PHOTOS / EAST NEWS

30 лет назад рухнула Берлинская стена

JOURNALISTS WAITING TO SPEAK WITH THE FIRST INHABITANTS OF EAST BERLIN, WHO LEGALLY FALL INTO THE WESTERN PART OF THE CITY. 10 NOVEMBER 1989
PHOTO: MARK POWER / MAGNUM PHOTOS / EAST NEWS

30 лет назад рухнула Берлинская стена

PHOTO: RAYMOND DEPARDON / MAGNUM PHOTOS / EAST NEWS

30 лет назад рухнула Берлинская стена

PHOTO: RAYMOND DEPARDON / MAGNUM PHOTOS / EAST NEWS

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