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The 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at BC chapter.

Over the weekend, people all over the globe honored the twenty-five year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. During the Cold War, the Berlin Wall stood as a very poignant symbol of the division that the conflict caused. It was built in 1961 by the communist government of the German Democratic Republic and, for thirty years, it prevented people from moving freely between Eastern and Western Germany.

People all over the world commemorated the anniversary by reflecting on its significance in history and the lives that were lost. In Berlin, some people walked along the remnants of the once-standing thirteen-foot tall barbed wire and concrete wall, while others honored the memories of the people who died trying to cross the border by lighting candles. Thousands of helium balloons marked the former height of the wall and were released one at a time to represent the wall’s destruction. After, fireworks were set off at the main Bradenburg Gate. Here at Boston College, a documentary, with contributions by BC faculty, about the history of the Berlin Wall was screened in Devlin.

I was able to visit Berlin this past March; I saw sections of the Berlin Wall and, although it is heartbreaking to think about how many travesties occurred during that time, it’s important to be aware of the events. The mistakes of the past can inform the decisions of the future. That’s what makes the commemoration of such a pinnacle moment in history worth learning about.





I am a Political Science major and Women's and Gender Studies minor at Boston College. I am an RA on campus and am involved in the Student Admissions Program. Since I am from Florida, I can legitimately say that I love long walks on the beach. I also love getting lost in a world fabricated by a novel, there is honestly nothing better.