Ideas
    Next Score View the next score

    Q&A

    What really undid the Berlin Wall

    It wasn’t just grand forces, says historian Mary Sarotte. A surprising new look at the accidents and individuals behind the 1989 reunification

    From 1961 to 1989, the Berlin Wall split a nation in two and stood as the Cold War’s most visible political faultline. It created unforgettable scenes of division while it stood, and reunion when it fell.