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The Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Courageous Act That Preserved History

The sudden collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989 marked not only the physical dismantling of a barrier but also the symbolic crumbling of an oppressive regime. The East German State Security Service, known as Stasi, was a formidable force that had, for decades, instilled fear in the hearts of the people it was supposed ...

Max Lu

Germans celebrating at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.