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Tear down this wall! An abbreviated history of the Berlin Wall

On November 9, 1989, the communist government of East Germany eased travel restrictions between bordering West Germany, allowing thousands of residents to cross into the west side of Berlin for the first time in years. In the days that followed, the Berlin Wall — once the most prominent symbol of the Cold War — was dismantled, and a once-divided Germany began working towards reunification. Here’s the short version of how it all went down.

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