Exhibition theme: The Border Opens: At the Bornholmer Straße border opening [22/87]



November 9 1989
Berlin, Bornholmer Straße border crossing
Created By: Peter R. Asche

License: Creative Commons License

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Bornholmer Straße Border Crossing, Berlin, 9/10 November 1989

East German citizens on Bösebrücke bridge during the opening of the border crossing at Bornholmer Strasse, one of seven street crossings between East and West Berlin (between the Soviet and French sectors) while the Wall was up and the first at which passport control was partially suspended on the night of 9th November 1989.


baggage, child, group of people, night, November 9, 1989, opening of the border


camera, fall of the Berlin Wall, joy, November 9, 1989, opening of the border, television


Günter Schabowski


Bornholmer Straße, Bornholmer Straße border crossing, Bösebrücke (bridge)

Other items in this set

Almost everyone knows to this day where he or she was on 9 November 1989. The joy at being suddenly granted the freedom to travel, also to West Germany, was immense. Each time a new border crossing was opened, people celebrated. In the same way, the removal of segments of the Wall and of border fence, as well as the reconstruction of roads between East and West became important events. Countless photographs and films taken in Berlin and at the inner-German border document these incidents as they occurred – thus preserving the good fortune of experiencing everything live for the family album.