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Berlin Wall: Countdown to 1961/1989

On August 13, 1961, Berliners woke up on a Sunday morning to find their city divided by a wall. That day became known as “Barbed Wire Sunday”, marking a peak in the era of the Cold War. It felt like a complete surprise to many, but key moments in the preceding year made clear that something was brewing.

Countdown to 1989 – The Fall of the Berlin Wall

44m 36s

The fall of the Berlin Wall on the evening of November 9, 1989 came as a complete surprise to East and West Germans, and the entire world. How did this historic moment come to be? Interviews with the then Mayor of West Berlin Walter Momper and the last socialist party head of East Germany, Hans Modrow, describe the events surrounding the fall of the wall from their own perspective.

Episodes

  • Countdown to 1989 – The Fall of the Berlin Wall: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Countdown to 1989 – The Fall of the Berlin Wall

    S1 E102 - 44m 36s

    The fall of the Berlin Wall on the evening of November 9, 1989 came as a complete surprise to East and West Germans, and the entire world. How did this historic moment come to be? Interviews with the then Mayor of West Berlin Walter Momper and the last socialist party head of East Germany, Hans Modrow, describe the events surrounding the fall of the wall from their own perspective.

  • Countdown to 1961 - The Rise of the Berlin Wall: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Countdown to 1961 - The Rise of the Berlin Wall

    S1 E101 - 45m 9s

    On August 13, 1961, Berliners woke up on a Sunday morning to find their city divided by a wall. That day became known as “Barbed Wire Sunday”, marking a peak in the era of the Cold War. It felt like a complete surprise to many, but key moments in the preceding year made clear that something was brewing.

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