Fall of the Wall Day

November 8, 2014 all-day
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555 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20001
Free with Newseum admission. Seating is on a space-available basis.
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For nearly three decades, the Berlin Wall, which separated East and West Berlin, came to symbolize the Cold War struggle. On Nov. 9, 1989, East German authorities opened the border, and joyous Berliners began toppling sections of the wall in celebration.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Newseum presents a day of exclusive events about the rise and fall of one of history’s most powerful symbols of oppression.

Throughout the day, the Newseum will offer tours of its Berlin Wall Gallery, which tells the gripping story of how news and information helped topple a closed and oppressive society. The gallery features eight 12-foot-high concrete sections of the original wall — the largest display of unaltered portions of the wall outside of Germany — and a three-story East German guard tower that stood near Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin’s best-known East-West crossing.

Schedule of Events

“The Wall: A World Divided”

10:30 a.m.
NewseumDocs: “The Wall: A World Divided”
The film chronicles the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall, the reunification of Germany after 40 years of separation, and the unique partnership among three world leaders — George Bush, Mikhail Gorbachev and Helmut Kohl — that ended the Cold War without a shot being fired.
Documentary Theater, Concourse Level

Author Mary Elise Sarotte

Inside Media: The Collapse of the Wall
Author Mary Elise Sarotte talks about her new book, “The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall,” which reveals how a perfect storm of decisions by underground revolutionaries, disgruntled Stasi officers and dictatorial party bosses sparked an unexpected series of events culminating in the fall of the wall. A book signing will follow the program.
Knight TV Studio, Level 3

“Writing on the Wall: Remembering the Berlin Wall”

1:30 p.m.
NewseumDocs: “Writing on the Wall: Remembering the Berlin Wall”
The film memorializes the history of the wall as an oppressive structure dividing East and West Berlin and features interviews with those who lived through the challenging times of the Cold War. The film will be followed by a Q&A with co-producer John Michalczyk.
Documentary Theater, Concourse Level

Former ABC Reporter Barrie Dunsmore

3 p.m.
Eyewitness to History: Former ABC Reporter Barrie Dunsmore
Dunsmore, who covered foreign affairs for ABC News for 30 years, recounts his live coverage from Berlin on the night the Berlin Wall fell. During his career at ABC, Dunsmore focused on events in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union as the Iron Curtain began to disintegrate.
Knight TV Studio, Level 3


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