The Berlin Wall 2.0

November 4, 2009

The Berlin Wall fell 20 years ago on Nov. 9, 1989. A team of Reuters correspondents and multimedia journalists from Berlin and London will be covering the major event in a completely new way — Berlin Wall 2.0. The team from The Berlin Project are joining forces with the Reuters text, pictures and TV correspondents in Berlin to present real-time coverage and impressions of everything going on in Germany’s reunited capital city.

You can also view the best of Reuters’ content on our Berlin Wall global coverage page, follow the team in Berlin on Facebook and get a behind the scenes look at Berlin 2.0 by visiting The Berlin Project. Please send us your thoughts and memories by commenting on the live blog below.

Click on the points on the map below to find out where in the city the Berlin Project team have been reporting from and to listen to their audio reports.

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20 years ago I was at the Berlin Wall with my friends and we met East Germans who were getting their first taste of freedom. It was a wonderful and emotional moment in history as the Soviet empire crumbled without a shot, freeing millions. We also marched with 100,000 East Germans in the city of Leipzig to demand freedom; and just for fun, smashed down 1,000 pounds of the Wall and shipped it home to sell–see it at Seven rare complete 12′ (4m) sections of the Wall are also available.

In Berlin they are now building a “wall” made of foam to knock down on November 9 in celebration!

Posted by Art Harman | Report as abusive

Twenty years is a new generation. Many people alive today were not alive or aware of the signifigance of the fall of the wall.

Posted by Ingrid | Report as abusive

Dear Erik,

Thank you for sharing the story about your presence at the momentus occassion of the announcement. I can imagine the joy of seeing such a moment of removal of such a profound injustice moving one to tears.

Thanks for sharing, it is quite a reminder for us all.

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Posted by Should Barack Obama be in Berlin to mark the fall of the Berlin Wall? | | Report as abusive

Awesome coverage, Reuters team! You guys rock.

As soon as I saw the unbelieveable footage of what was going on in Berlin 20 years ago, I ditched my job and got on a plane.

I will never, ever forget the electricity of that distinct moment in time, you could almost see it. I don’t think I slept for 4 days straight, It was an embrace with thousands of strangers, like a lifetimeof New Year’s eves all rolled into one. I am reliving that, and unlike other old men with tales of wonder to tell their children, I have this blog to show them.

Posted by Joe Zwiebel | Report as abusive

Oh yeh, Obama should have gone to Berln to observe the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. No doubt about it! He’s the president of the USA. He represents all that is good about our way of life.
How the hell did hos advisors convince him that he should not be there? What, was he still po’d about his snub in 2008? Hell, he wasn’t president yet. He was a wanna-be then.
Now, he could have been there and echoed Reagan’s speech and got himself a boat load of good press.
The significance of that historical moment was lost on him, I guess!!

Posted by Bill Norris | Report as abusive