Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Frontline (Berlin 1989)

It was a cold night on November 9th 1989, when I took this picture at the Brandenburg Gate. There was excitement and anticipation in the air, as Berlin, a divided city, was about to become reunited after fifty years.

Just after midnight, the TV cameras of the international press lit up the night when Russian President Gorbachev gave the order to the East German leader Honecker to let the wall come down.

In the picture, students gather near the Berlin Wall to prepare to storm it, in one of the most historic events of our times.

1 comment:

Ratzfatz said...

Hola Richard,

nice fotos. i lived in Berlin on this time. now i´m not sure if Gorbatshov give the order. It was a mistake from the SED-Party chief of east-berlin?

BTW. the former east-leader was Honecker. :-)