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A large group of East Berlin residents waiting to catch a glimpse of their relatives in the western part of the city stand behind the wall in Bernauer Street. From the 13th of August 1961, the day of the start of construction of the Berlin wall, until the 9th of November 1989, the day the wall fell, the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic were separated by the iron curtain.

The Berlin Wall fell 30 years ago. Here’s how people who were there in 1989 remember the historic ‘Mauerfall’ today.

The Berlin Wall represented the seeming permanence of the Cold War. It fell on November 9, 1989, in a shocking and peaceful accident of history.
A German archive found Russian President Vladimir Putin's old ID card when he served as a KGB officer in East Germany.

A pouting 1980s photo of Putin turned up in a Soviet-era stash of Stasi work IDs

While working for the KGB, Vladimir Putin served with a spy agency in East Germany from 1985 to 1990. He was issued the ID when he was 33.

Germany’s post-World War II government was riddled with former Nazis

For decades after World War II, nearly 100 of the West German Justice Ministry's top officials were former Nazi Party members.