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You can still see the divide between West and East Berlin from space

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In some ways, Berlin is still divided 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Seen from space, the city's lights show a stark contrast, with orange lights in the east and white lights in the west.
One of the reasons for this is that each side of the city still uses different types of lights, light shades, and fittings.
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Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Berlin is divided by light.
The contrast is a legacy from the Cold War, when Germany was divided from east to west as tensions mounted between America and the West...
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The Berlin Wall Is a Reminder That Barriers Last Only As Long as the Political Will to Defend Them

The Berlin Wall Is a Reminder That Barriers Last Only As Long as the Political Will to Defend Them

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In retrospect, the Wall didn't last especially long.
Twenty-eight years-roughly the span of our youth-and then it was gone: broken into chunks, carted away as souvenirs, placed on mantles and shelves, displayed like a trophy of some cherished victory we had all somehow won together. For those who needed additional reminders, the Wall was turned into refrigerator magnets and paper weights.
But how could we forget it? For nearly three decades, the Berlin Wall figured in our culture. Still just weeks old, the Wall became the stuff of made-for-TV movies and documentaries. Twenty-nine East...
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21 stunning photos from the night the Berlin Wall came tumbling down 30 years ago

21 stunning photos from the night the Berlin Wall came tumbling down 30 years ago

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The Berlin Wall came tumbling down on November 9, 1989, reuniting East and West Germany, and foreshadowing the fall of the Soviet Union.
It stood for 28 years to separate the two sides of Berlin and the two sides of Germany.
The night it fell - by accident - people stormed from East to West Berlin, and photos from that night show gleeful reunions and celebrations.
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The Berlin Wall was built in 1961 to divide East and West Berlin. Constructed by the eastern, Soviet-ruled portion of the city, the wall was meant to keep Western "fascists" from...
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The Berlin Wall fell 30 years ago. Here's how people who were there in 1989 remember the historic 'Mauerfall' today

The Berlin Wall fell 30 years ago. Here's how people who were there in 1989 remember the historic 'Mauerfall' today

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The Berlin Wall fell 30 years ago, on November 9, 1989.
It was a moment that shocked the world and marked the beginning of the end of the Cold War - culminating in the toppling of the East German communist dictatorship, the reunification of Germany in 1990, and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
But the story of Mauerfall - which is how Germans refer to the fall of the Berlin Wall - is much more complicated and fascinating than many commonly recall today.
For one thing, the wall was felled peacefully, as the direct result of an East German bureaucrat misreading a memo about loosened...
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