Google celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall with a doodle today. The wall that divided the erstwhile East Germany and West Germany was brought down as people in East Germany sought freedom to travel to the West in face of drastic economic conditions at home. The fall of the Berlin Wall also marks a key moment before the eventual fall of the Soviet influence in Eastern Europe and subsequent disintegration of the USSR.
he doodle created by Berlin-based guest artist Max Guther, shows a man and woman walk over the wall brought down. It was the moment that signalled the simultaneous end of the Cold War and the beginning of reunification of East and West Germany. The couple embraces in the middle of a wall that has been pulled down in the middle. "Tor auf!" (Open the gate!) roared the crowds gathered at the Berlin Wall on this evening in 1989.
Winds of change were blowing across Europe as new leadership in Russia, Poland, and Hungary had high hopes in East Germany for an end to 28 years of strict travel restrictions. During a government press conference, an official spokesman’s hasty statement gave reporters and TV viewers the mistaken impression that East Germany would be allowing free travel between East and West Berlin.
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