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Potsdamer Platz© Marine Leduc

Following the borders

The wall that divided Germany and Berlin fell in 1989. What changes have the country and the city seen since then? And where does one still find traces of the previous borders? Walks and tours along the places where the wall once stood.

Mr. Gorbatschow, tear down this wall!"

Ronald Reagan at the Brandenburg Gate on 12 June 1987


Stories of the wall worldwide

In front of the Tacheles in Berlin, in the 90s Courtesy Martin Reiter, Kunsthaus Tacheles Archive

The Big Pond #48
Legacies of the Berlin Wall

“It was chaos, it was total chaos.” When the Berlin Wall unexpectedly fell in 1989, it triggered a time of massive flux for the newly reunited capital of Germany. Subcultures and international trends combined with other creative forces to establish Berlin as a mecca for artists. For The Big Pond, KCRW Berlin speaks to Berliners who helped build the city’s lasting legacy.

Born after ’89 | fltr: Hannah Stegmeier, Bonn; Riccardo Pilat, Triest; Agata Otranto, Bari; Philipp Werner, Dresden. © Goethe-Institut Italy / Collage / Photos: Ignacio María Coccia

Portrait of a generation from Italy
Born after ’89

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, Europe has fundamentally changed: the EU has grown, there is freedom of movement and a common currency. But how do people born after 1989 experience it? Journalist Matteo Tacconi and photographer Ignacio María Coccia explored this question in Dresden, Bonn, Trieste and Bari.

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