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Thirty years ago this weekend, perhaps the foremost symbol of the Cold War between East and West was consigned to the rubble of history.

The fall of the Berlin Wall after 28 years of infamy followed a series of radical political changes in the Eastern Bloc, fueled by changes in its authoritarian systems and erosion of political power. On November 9th, 1989, after several weeks of civil unrest, the East German government announced its citizens could visit West Germany and West Berlin.