6 Nov 2014

The fall of the Berlin Wall

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 2:08 pm on 6 November 2014

The Berlin Wall
The Fall of the Berlin Wall, 1989. Photographer unknown. Commons:Freedom of panorama.

This Sunday marks 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. It was November 9, 1989, when the wall that split the city from 1961 fell. It was an iconic symbol of the cold war and, a symbolic boundary between democracy and communism.

Simon Mercep talks with Liam Jeory, who was TVNZ's European correspondent at the time of the collapse; and Professor Tom Frazier, who was living in Munich at the time the wall came down, and like a lot of the world, he watched events unfold live on television. He was so taken with it, he hired a car and drove to see it himself. Since then, he's become something of an expert and he confesses it's even taken over his life.