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CLIP: Fall of the Berlin Wall

AIR DATE: Sunday, November 9, 2014

A clip from President Kennedy's "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech is shown, followed by comments from Dieter Dettke, a native of East Germany and a professor Georgetown University’s Security Studies and German and European Studies Centers. Mr. Dettke talks about the history of the Berlin Wall on the 25th anniversary of its fall.



  • On This Day in History: Fall of the Berlin Wall (Assorted Video Clips)
    Construction of the Berlin Wall began in August of 1961, separating West Berlin from East Berlin. The goal was to prevent citizens of East Berlin from emigrating to the West. The wall was a symbol of the Cold War until its destruction in 1989. The videos below offer an historical view on this event from a variety of perspectives.
  • Bell Ringer: President Reagan and the Berlin Wall (8 mins)


  • Dieter Dettke
    Adjunct Professor
    Georgetown University - BMW Center for German and European Studies


KEYWORDS: East Germany, West Germany, Berlin, Regime, Communism, Democracy, Cold War, Dividing Wall, Freedom