Assignment: Fall of the Berlin Wall
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From 1961 to 1989, Berlin was a city divided. The struggle between communism and capitalism defined the second half of the 20th century, but almost nowhere felt it more acutely than Berlin, which was split into East (communist) and West (capitalist) practically overnight. The Berlin Wall became perhaps the best-known symbol of the Cold War.
When the wall fell in 1989, it was an emotional and cathartic experience for many. People chipped off pieces as keepsakes and were able to see parts of the city – and family and friends – they’d not seen for years. Now, 25 years later, CNN is looking back on the impact of the Berlin Wall and its fall.
If you were there for the fall of the wall, we want to hear from you. Tell us what the experience was like, and share any photos or video you might have. How did the Berlin Wall affect your life, and how did things change once it fell? Do you have a piece of the wall? And even if you weren’t in Berlin at the time, we want to hear your memories from the period and how it affected you.
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