11.30 pm, 9 November 1989, Bornholmer Strasse, Berlin:
At 11.30pm on November 9, 1989, Lieutenant-Colonel Harald Jäger was faced with a stand-off. For hours, some 20,000 East German protestors had amassed at Berlin’s border crossing demanding to be let through.
Lt-Col Jäger gave the order to 46 armed guards at his command to open the barrier and stand aside.
It was the moment the Berlin Wall fell.
Or as PJ O’Rouke put it:
“We won… We the people, the free and equal citizens of democracies, we living exemplars of the Rights of Man tore a new asshole in International Communism… The privileges of liberty and the sanctity of the individual went out and whipped butt.”
Someone out there will have access to the Bernard Levin piece he did on this. Would be good to see that again too.
How glorious it was to be alive that day.