Celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall is a way of not only remembering, but also overcoming Germany’s difficult history. Twenty-five years ago, on November 9, 1989, the fall of the Berlin Wall was celebrated around the world. A happier ending couldn’t have been produced in Hollywood. Without a shot being fired, democracy and freedom triumphed over communism at the spot where a... Continue Reading
Hope M. Harrison is an Associate Professor of history and international affairs at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, and a Senior Fellow with the Wilson Center’s Cold War International History Project and History and Public Policy Program. She is the author of "Driving the Soviets up the Wall: Soviet–East German Relations, 1953-1961" (Princeton University Press, 2003) and the forthcoming "After the Berlin Wall: Memory and the Making of the New Germany, 1989 to the Present" (Cambridge University Press, 2015).