Exhibition theme: The Border Opens: Dismantling of the Wall at Brandenburg Gate [64/87]



December 21 - 22 1989
Berlin, Brandenburg Gate
Created By: Dietmar Bührer

License: Creative Commons License

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The Wall Opens at the Brandenburg Gate, 21/22 December 1989

The dismantling of the first Wall segments for the new border crossing at Brandenburg Gate, which was opened in a ceremony on 22 December 1989. Over 100,000 people and hundreds of camera teams attended the ceremony, presided over by former Chancellor Helmut Kohl and Chairman of the GDR Council of Ministers, Hans Modrow.


Berlin Wall (West), Berlin Wall graffiti (writing), border guard, crane, deconstruction of the Wall, group of people, night, policeman (FRG), remains of the Wall, Wall graffiti, Wall hole, workers


crane, crowd, deconstruction of the Wall, joy, opening of the border, remains of the Wall


Brandenburger Tor border crossing, Brandenburg Gate

Text in image

We are all like flies / - The / Cu[l]t

God is / dead / - Nietzsche

Heike / Martin

[D]u pain / [d]u vin / [d]u Maurice

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.