The Berlin Wall Tumbles
On November 9, 1989, the wall started to fall but it was not taken down immediately on that day. Starting that evening and in the weeks that followed, people came to the wall with sledgehammers,hammers,and chisels to take down the wall. These people were nicknamed "Mauerspechte" or wall woodpeckers. The destruction of the wall made the people in Berlin free to do and go where they wanted. The Berlin Wall continued to be destroyed until November, 1991. Only a few short sections and watchtowers were kept for memorials.
Effects of the Destruction of the Berlin Wall
The destruction of the Berlin Wall changed many people's lives. Families were separated when the Berlin Wall was built, so all families that were separated were united again when the wall was taken down. People were also free to travel to East or West Germany without having trouble and waiting for weeks to cross. The destruction also created unity between East and West Germany. Some people were against the country becoming united, but most people wanted the wall to come down. Most people thought that East and West Germany becoming united would create peace among the people.