Paris Agar, Art Curator, Cold War and Late 20th-Century Conflict
Friday 29 November 2019

Why did the Berlin Wall fall?

Why did the Berlin Wall fall?

The fall of the Berlin Wall was the first step towards German reunification. The political, economic and social impact of the fall of the Berlin Wall further weakened the already unstable East German government. Germany reunited on 3 October 1990, 11 months after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

But why did the Berlin Wall fall?

Berlin Wall

What was the Berlin Wall? Thumbnail
Cold War
Berlin Wall 30: What Was The Berlin Wall?
Patrolled by guards and dogs, illuminated by floodlights and fortified by barbed wire and watchtowers, the Wall divided Berlin for 28 years.
Berlin Wall
© Crown copyright. IWM (CT 2229)
Cold War
What was the Berlin Wall and how did it fall?
At the end of the Second World War, Germany was divided into four zones of occupation under the control of the United States, Britain, France and the Soviet Union.
Die Mauer by Jock McFadyen
Die Mauer by Jock McFadyen
Cold War
Jock McFadyen and the Berlin Wall
Two artworks depicting the Berlin Wall are on display at IWM North - discover the story behind how they were created.