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Amazing scenes as symbol of communist oppression is opened

THE PHOTOS: Click on the pictures to go through to the galleries that contain images
of East and West Berlin after the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

Political situation in 1989

In 1989, a politically stunning series of events occurred. It became known as the Autumn of the Nations as one by one the communist nations of Europe overthrew their governments.

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"Hearing of the events in Berlin I flew in to the city from my base in London. I'd grown up in the shadow of the Cold War and to be a witness to this momentous piece of history was thrilling."

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Why was I in Berlin?

The autumn of 1989 was political history in the making.

For anyone interested in politics it was astounding, for a journalist it was breathtaking.

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Some amusing anecdotes from Berlin

Don't panic - these photos were shot in black and white to add to the atmosphere of the occasion.

President Ronald Reagan's call to President Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987

"We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace.

"There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace.

"General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and eastern Europe, if you seek liberalisation, come here to this gate.

"Mr Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"

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