A witness to history as the Wall came crashing down

It was one of the most remarkable political revolutions of all, yet the next day, hamburger wrappers and soft drink bottles were all that remained of the momentous occasion

7th November, 2009

It was the day before the wall finally came down and, from the West German border police helicopter, the view was extraordinary. What looked like a river of vehicles was stretching as far as the eye could see across the Czech countryside, to somewhere beyond the horizon.

The police had taken up a group of journalists to see what was fast becoming the world’s longest traffic jam, as thousands of East Germans poured across the...

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