Today marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Wikipedia article indicates that “On November 9, 2009, Berlin will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with a `Festival of Freedom’, during which over 1,000 foam domino tiles over 8 feet tall will be stacked along the former route of the wall in the city center and toppled.” Intrigued, I did a little digging and found this pretty amazing video of what I’m guessing is a dry run:
If you read German, there’s more here.
I was twelve when the wall fell, but growing up in a household in which we never talked politics or world events, I had no idea what was really happening, much less what it meant. I was in Europe on the 10th anniversary, and arguably paying even less attention.
All over the world there are ceremonies and symposia and vigils being scheduled to commemorate the 20th anniversary of these events. Last Wednesday I attended a panel discussion about the construction and collapse of the wall, and tonight I’m planning to attend a screening of the documentary, When the Wall Came Tumbling Down: 50 Hours that Changed the World.
Anything going on where you are? How will you remember?
Update: fascinating ’89-’09 photos via the NYT here.