More than a million Germans and people from around the world gathered in Berlin on the weekend to celebrate the the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The celebrations included the release of 7,000 illuminated helium balloons strung along a 15 kilometer (9 mile) section of the former wall, which had served as a border between East and West Germany until November 9th, 1989 when the walls came tumbling down.
Berlin Wall Built (1961)
Fall of the Berlin Wall
In 1989, more than 13,000 people in East Germany managed to escape through Hungary. They later went to West Germany and protested against the East German government. That sparked a protest within East Germany, known as “The Peaceful Revolution.”
Divisions still exist
But 25 years after the Berlin Wall crumbled, divisions between countries persist and there are fears of new psychological barriers replacing the physical ones.
Watch the video as many times as you need to. Then, answer the following questions
1. What happened in East Germany after the fall of the Berlin wall? 2. What happened in
the Soviet Union?
5. What could America have done? What did it do?
9. What new "barriers" may be built soon?
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