Exhibition theme: The Border Opens: At Potsdamer Platz [74/87]



November 12 1989
Berlin, Potsdamer Platz
Created By: Gabriele Greaney

License: Creative Commons License

From the Set


A jubilant woman at Potsdamer Platz, serving as the newly set up border crossing as of 12 November 1989.


flower, joy, two persons, woman


fall of the Berlin Wall, opening of the border


Potsdamer Platz

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.