It’s hard to believe that 20 years have passed since the fall of the Berlin Wall. For many of us, it seems impossible to imagine what it meant to live under the shadow of the wall. On November 9th, 1989, after weeks of civil unrest it was announced that all East Germans would be allowed to visit the West, and vice versa. The falling of the Berlin Wall was a defining moment in German history, and paved the way for the German unification that happened in March of 1990. Today, there are monuments all over the world commemorating the fall of the wall, including one right here in Portland, Maine which is actually made up of pieces of the Berlin wall.
One place you can visit next time you travel to Berlin is the Miesim Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, also known as the Berlin Wall Museum. This is a museum dedicated to showing the world what it was like to live in the shadow of the wall. There are documentaries and guest lecturers found daily from 9am to 11pm. It’s a chilling reminder that while most of the world has moved on, it’s important to not forget the lessons of the past.