The News Conference that Toppled the Wall

The News Conference that Toppled the Wall

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Berlin-wall-dancing.jpgA correspondent who worked in Berlin, describes the East German government news conference that shocked reporters and unexpectedly led to the opening of the Berlin Wall.

“It’s not often that a historic announcement comes, as an afterthought, almost by accident, at the end of an otherwise stultifying tedious press conference. But that’s how the Communist East German government told an incredulous world that the Berlin Wall, that most potent symbol of the Cold War, would be thrown open after three decades.”

I’ll never forget the chill that ran down my spine when I walked through the Brandenburg Gate…

(Read the emotional eye-witness remembrance in Reuters)