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People watch the release of balloons part of the light installation Lichtgrenze from the former route of the Berlin Wall during a Street Party organized by German governement to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, in front of the Brandenburg Gate on November 9, 2014 in Berlin. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Former leader of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev takes part in the celebration on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, Nov. 9, 2014. Numerous events are taking place in Berlin to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. (AP Photo/dpa, Bernd von Jutrczenka)
German singer Udo Lindenberg performs during a Street Party organized by German government to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, in front of the Brandenburg Gate on November 9, 2014 in Berlin. AFP PHOTO/ ODD ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 09: Fireworks illuminate the Brandenburg Gate during celebrations on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The city of Berlin is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with an installation of 6,800 lamps coupled with illuminated balloons along a 15km route where the Wall once ran and divided the city into capitalist West and communist East. The fall of the Wall on November 9, 1989, was among the most powerful symbols of the revolutions that swept through the communist countries of Eastern Europe and heralded the end of the Cold War. Built by the communist authorities of East Germany in 1961, the Wall prevented East Germans from fleeing west and was equipped with guard towers and deadly traps. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 09: Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit speaks during celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate on November 9, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The city of Berlin is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall from November 7-9 with an installation of 6,800 lamps coupled with illuminated balloons along a 15km route where the Wall once ran and divided the city into capitalist West and communist East. The fall of the Wall on November 9, 1989, was among the most powerful symbols of the revolutions that swept through the communist countries of Eastern Europe and heralded the end of the Cold War. Built by the communist authorities of East Germany in 1961, the Wall prevented East Germans from fleeing west and was equipped with guard towers and deadly traps. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
German singer Udo Lindenberg performs during a Street Party organized by German government to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, in front of the Brandenburg Gate on November 9, 2014 in Berlin. AFP PHOTO / ROBERT MICHAEL (Photo credit should read ROBERT MLCHAEL,ROBERT MICHAEL/AFP/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 09: The Brandenburg Gate stands illuminated during celebrations on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The city of Berlin is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with an installation of 6,800 lamps coupled with illuminated balloons along a 15km route where the Wall once ran and divided the city into capitalist West and communist East. The fall of the Wall on November 9, 1989, was among the most powerful symbols of the revolutions that swept through the communist countries of Eastern Europe and heralded the end of the Cold War. Built by the communist authorities of East Germany in 1961, the Wall prevented East Germans from fleeing west and was equipped with guard towers and deadly traps. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 09: Udo Lindenberg performs at the Brandenburg Gate during celebrations on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The city of Berlin is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with an installation of 6,800 lamps coupled with illuminated balloons along a 15km route where the Wall once ran and divided the city into capitalist West and communist East. The fall of the Wall on November 9, 1989, was among the most powerful symbols of the revolutions that swept through the communist countries of Eastern Europe and heralded the end of the Cold War. Built by the communist authorities of East Germany in 1961, the Wall prevented East Germans from fleeing west and was equipped with guard towers and deadly traps. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 09: A violinist performs during celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate on November 9, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The city of Berlin is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall from November 7-9 with an installation of 6,800 lamps coupled with illuminated balloons along a 15km route where the Wall once ran and divided the city into capitalist West and communist East. The fall of the Wall on November 9, 1989, was among the most powerful symbols of the revolutions that swept through the communist countries of Eastern Europe and heralded the end of the Cold War. Built by the communist authorities of East Germany in 1961, the Wall prevented East Germans from fleeing west and was equipped with guard towers and deadly traps. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 09: Udo Lindenberg performs at the Brandenburg Gate during celebrations on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The city of Berlin is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with an installation of 6,800 lamps coupled with illuminated balloons along a 15km route where the Wall once ran and divided the city into capitalist West and communist East. The fall of the Wall on November 9, 1989, was among the most powerful symbols of the revolutions that swept through the communist countries of Eastern Europe and heralded the end of the Cold War. Built by the communist authorities of East Germany in 1961, the Wall prevented East Germans from fleeing west and was equipped with guard towers and deadly traps. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Argentinian-born pianist and condutor Daniel Barenboim performs with Staatskapelle during a Street Party organized by German government to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, in front of the Brandenburg Gate on November 9, 2014 in Berlin. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 09: Acrobats swing past the Quadriga statue as they perform over the Brandenburg Gate during celebrations on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The city of Berlin is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with an installation of 6,800 lamps coupled with illuminated balloons along a 15km route where the Wall once ran and divided the city into capitalist West and communist East. The fall of the Wall on November 9, 1989, was among the most powerful symbols of the revolutions that swept through the communist countries of Eastern Europe and heralded the end of the Cold War. Built by the communist authorities of East Germany in 1961, the Wall prevented East Germans from fleeing west and was equipped with guard towers and deadly traps. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 09: German President Joachim Gauck (C R), German singer-songwriter and former East German dissident Wolf Biermann (C L) and Polish Solidarity (Solidarnosc) Leader Lech Walesa (R) launch balloons from the Lichtgrenze light installation during celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate on November 9, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The city of Berlin is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall from November 7-9 with an installation of 6,800 lamps coupled with illuminated balloons along a 15km route where the Wall once ran and divided the city into capitalist West and communist East. The fall of the Wall on November 9, 1989, was among the most powerful symbols of the revolutions that swept through the communist countries of Eastern Europe and heralded the end of the Cold War. Built by the communist authorities of East Germany in 1961, the Wall prevented East Germans from fleeing west and was equipped with guard towers and deadly traps. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
Balloons of the light installation Lichtgrenze sail into the night from the former route of the Berlin Wall during a Street Party organized by German governement to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, in front of the Brandenburg Gate on November 9, 2014 in Berlin. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
People watch fireworks after the release of balloons part of the light installation Lichtgrenze from the former route of the Berlin Wall during a Street Party organized by German governement to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, in front of the Brandenburg Gate on November 9, 2014 in Berlin. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Balloons of the art installation 'Lichtgrenze 2014' fly away in front of Brandenburg Gate during the central event commemorating the fall of the wall in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. 25 years ago - on Nov. 9, 1989 - the East-German government lifted travel restrictions and thousands of East Berliners had pushed their way past perplexed border guards to celebrate freedom with their brethren in the West. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Balloons fly over the Reichstag during the central event to commemorate the Fall of the Wall in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. 25 years ago - on Nov. 9, 1989 - the East-German government lifted travel restrictions and thousands of East Berliners had pushed their way past perplexed border guards to celebrate freedom with their brethren in the West. (AP Photo/Steffi Loos)
Balloons of the art installation 'Lichtgrenze 2014' ("light border 2014") fly away at the East Side Gallery, a remnant of the Berlin Wall, in Berlin Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. 25 years ago - on Nov. 9, 1989 - the East-German government lifted travel restrictions and thousands of East Berliners had pushed their way past perplexed border guards to celebrate freedom with their brethren in the West. (AP Photo/dpa, Lukas Schulze)
The word 'freedom' is projected during the central event to commemorate the Fall of the Wall at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. The 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall on Nov. 9, 1989 is marked with numerous events on the weekend. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Fireworks explode behind Brandenburg Gate during the central event to commemorate the Fall of the Wall in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. The 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall on Nov. 9, 1989 is marked with numerous events on the weekend. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Daniel Barenboim conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in front of Brandenburg Gate during the central event commemorating the fall of the wall in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. 25 years ago - on Nov. 9, 1989 - the East-German government lifted travel restrictions and thousands of East Berliners had pushed their way past perplexed border guards to celebrate freedom with their brethren in the West. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Fireworks explode behind Brandenburg Gate during the central event commemorating the fall of the wall in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. 25 years ago - on Nov. 9, 1989 - the East-German government lifted travel restrictions and thousands of East Berliners had pushed their way past perplexed border guards to celebrate freedom with their brethren in the West. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
German band 'Die Fantastischen Vier' perform in front of Brandenburg Gate during the central event commemorating the fall of the wall in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. 25 years ago - on Nov. 9, 1989 - the East-German government lifted travel restrictions and thousands of East Berliners had pushed their way past perplexed border guards to celebrate freedom with their brethren in the West. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
A man wipes his eyes as he attends the central event to commemorate the Fall of the Wall at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. The 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall on Nov. 9, 1989 is marked with numerous events on the weekend. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
People stand on a bridge above balloons of the art installation 'Lichtgrenze 2014' ("light border 2014") with some 8000 balloons placed on the line for the former Berlin Wall in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. The 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall on Nov. 9, 1989 is marked with numerous events on the weekend. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Children look through a crack of the so-called hinterland wall (interior wall) decorated with roses at the Berlin Wall memorial site at Bernauer Strasse in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. 25 years ago - on Nov. 9, 1989 - the East-German government lifted travel restrictions and thousands of East Berliners had pushed their way past perplexed border guards to celebrate freedom with their brethren in the West. (AP Photo/Steffi Loos)
A man puts a flower in a crack of the former Berlin Wall to commemorate the victims of the wall at the Berlin Wall memorial site at Bernauer Strasse in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. 25 years ago - on Nov. 9, 1989 - the East-German government lifted travel restrictions and thousands of East Berliners had pushed their way past perplexed border guards to celebrate freedom with their brethren in the West. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
People look through a crack of the so-called hinterland wall (interior wall) decorated with roses at the Berlin Wall memorial site at Bernauer Strasse in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. 25 years ago - on Nov. 9, 1989 - the East-German government lifted travel restrictions and thousands of East Berliners had pushed their way past perplexed border guards to celebrate freedom with their brethren in the West. (AP Photo/Steffi Loos)
People watch balloons of the art project 'Lichtgrenze 2014' ('lightborder 2014') in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. The light installation featuring 8,000 luminous white balloons commemorates the division of Berlin where the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall is marked with numerous events. On Nov. 9, 1989 - the East-German government lifted travel restrictions and thousands of East Berliners had pushed their way past perplexed border guards to celebrate freedom with their brethren in the West. (AP Photo/Steffi Loos)
Thousands of people gather in front of Brandenburg Gate during the central event commemorating the fall of the wall in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. 25 years ago - on Nov. 9, 1989 - the East-German government lifted travel restrictions and thousands of East Berliners had pushed their way past perplexed border guards to celebrate freedom with their brethren in the West. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Balloons of the light installation Lichtgrenze 2014 (light border 2014) sit in front of Brandenburg Gate during the central event to commemorate the Fall of the Wall in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. The 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall on Nov. 9, 1989 is marked with numerous events on the weekend. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
A person flashes the victory sign behind a man holding paper with a peace sign and the writing 'one world please' as they attend the central event to commemorate the Fall of the Wall at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. The 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall on Nov. 9, 1989 is marked with numerous events on the weekend. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
British singer Peter Gabriel performs the song 'heroes' during the central event to commemorate the Fall of the Wall at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. The 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall on Nov. 9, 1989 is marked with numerous events on the weekend. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
People watch balloons marking the former border flying away in front of the Reichstag building during the central event to commemorate the Fall of the Wall next to the Reichstag in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. 25 years ago - on Nov. 9, 1989 - the East-German government lifted travel restrictions and thousands of East Berliners had pushed their way past perplexed border guards to celebrate freedom with their brethren in the West. (AP Photo/Steffi Loos)
FILE - This Nov. 12, 1989 file photo shows a man hammering at the Berlin Wall, as the border barrier between East and West Germany was torn down after 28 years. Monday, Nov. 9, 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. (AP Photo/John Gaps III, File)
A woman walks in front of empty frames for German wall crosses in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. German police say a set of crosses commemorating people who died trying to cross the Berlin Wall has been stolen, days before the 25th anniversary of the barrier's fall. Police were alerted early Monday that the seven white crosses on the Spree riverbank, near the Reichstag parliament building in central Berlin, had gone missing. Similar crosses stand at several points along the former border. A group calling itself the Center for Political Beauty claimed it was behind the crosses' disappearance. It said it wants to draw attention to the plight of refugees trying to get across modern Europe's external borders. At least 136 people died between 1961 and 1989 trying to cross the wall that divided communist-run East Berlin from West Berlin. The wall fell on Nov. 9, 1989. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
In this Nov. 3, 2014 photo original elements of the former Berlin wall are displayed for sale at the area of a construction material merchant at the village Teltow near Berlin. On Nov. 9, 2014, Germany celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall on Nov. 9, 1989. After 25 years only a few remains of the wall remind of the about 160 kilometers (about 100 miles) long border which surrounded the west part of Berlin. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
In this Nov. 4, 2014 photo a few meters long part of the former Berlin Wall stands on the 'Cemetery of the French Community" in Berlin. On Nov. 9, 2014, Germany celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall. After 25 years only a few remains of the wall remind of the about 160 kilometers (about 100 miles) long border which surrounded the west part of Berlin. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
FILE - The March 8, 1973 file photo shows the Berlin Wall along Bernauer Strasse in the north of Berlin. Writing reads 'The wall must fall'. (AP Photo/file)
FILE - The Sept. 9, 1961 file photo shows East-German policemen in work dress as they remove barbed wire from a brick wall while other policemen in background are raising the wall to 15 feet at the border between the French and Russian sector at Bernauer Strasse in Berlin. (AP Photo/Edwin Reichert, file)
FILE - The Aug. 13, 1962 file photo shows West Berliners waving to relatives in East Berlin one year after the Berlin Wall was erected at Bernauer Strasse in Berlin. (AP Photo/Werner Kreusch, file)
The combo shows the Brandenburg Gate landmark in Berlin with people dancing on the Berlin Wall on Nov. 10, 1989 and 25 years after in October 2014. (AP Photo/Thomas Kienzle, Markus Schreiber)
In this picture taken Oct. 29, 2014, remains of the border at the death strip between West and East Germany are seen in Boeckwitz Germany. It was 1952, and East German authorities were erecting the wooden barrier that broke up the twin towns of Zicherie in the capitalist West and Boeckwitz in the communist East. The two had operated as one for centuries, sharing markets, schools and social clubs, and had long been the site of the Lenz family farm. Nearly a decade before the Berlin Wall went up, East Germany had already started sealing off its main frontier with West Germany, spanning nearly 1,400 kilometers (870 miles), dividing communities and even families. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
In this picture taken Oct. 29, 2014, an original remain of the border that separated the two intimately linked villages Boeckwitz and Zicherie is seen at a remembrance site near Boeckwitz, Germany. It was 1952, and East German authorities were erecting the wooden barrier that broke up the twin towns of Zicherie in the capitalist West and Boeckwitz in the communist East. The two had operated as one for centuries, sharing markets, schools and social clubs, and had long been the site of the Lenz family farm. Nearly a decade before the Berlin Wall went up, East Germany had already started sealing off its main frontier with West Germany, spanning nearly 1,400 kilometers (870 miles), dividing communities and even families. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
United States Secretary of State John Kerry, left, touches the remains of the Berlin Wall during a visits at the Wall memorial site prior to a news conference with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier , third left, in Berlin, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, Pool)
The combo shows the Berlin Wall along Bernauer Strasse in the north of Berlin with a writing 'The wall must fall' on March 8, 1973 and a part of the Wall Remembrance Monument at the same spot at Bernauer Strasse in Berlin on Oct 21, 2014 - 25 years after the fall of the wall.. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
In this photo Oct. 16, 2014 photo a couple with an umbrella walk alongside an original part of the Berlin Wall at Niederkirchnerstrasse in central Berlin. On Nov. 9, 2014, Germany celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall on Nov. 9, 1989. After 25 years only a few remains of the wall remind of the about 160 kilometers (about 100 miles) long border which surrounded the west part of Berlin. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
South Korean President Park Geun-hye, right, walks in front of the East Side Gallery named part of the former Berlin Wall in Berlin, Thursday, March 27, 2014. Park visits the remains of the Berlin Wall and Germany's separations during her three-day official visit in Germany. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
The Berlin Wall - undated photo. (AP Photo)
A historic industry building is covered with a painting and graffiti at the district Friedrichshain-Kreusberg in Berlin, Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. The area which is strongly frequented by tourists is located around the former boarder between East and West Berlin. Lots of the old industry buildings host music and techno clubs and are covered with graffiti and wall paintings. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
A visitor takes a photo of the Berlin Wall at the Wall memorial at Bernauer Strasse on the 52nd anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall in Berlin, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. On Aug. 13, 1961 the East German government began constructing the Berlin Wall to split Berlin in an east and west part and marking a new step in the Could War between the western alliance and the communistic eastern block. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Workers attach photos by Kai Wiedenhoefer to the backside of the East Side Gallery in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday July 9, 2013. Eight of his photographs of border and separation walls will be exhibited on the backside of the East Side Gallery section of the Berlin Wall until Sept. 13. (AP Photo/dpa, Paul Zinken)
President Barack Obama speaks in front of the iconic Brandenburg Gate in Berlin Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Obama spoke on the Gate’s eastern side, across the old border from where President Ronald Reagan gave his unforgettable “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this Wall!” speech in June 1997. This week also marks the 50th anniversary that President John F. Kennedy confronted Cold War tension in Wall-divided Berlin by telling residents, “Ich bein ein Berliner.” (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
US first lady Michelle Obama places a rose into a crack of remains of the Berlin Wall during her visit at the Berlin Wall memorial in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2013. US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are on a two-day official visit to Germany. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Varios policías vigilan un sitio de construcción y una zona de la Galería del Lado Este mientras partes de los restos del ex Muro de Berlín son retirados en Berlín, Alemania, el miércoles 27 de marzo de 2013. (Foto AP/dpa, Britta Pedersen)
People walk in front of the East Side Gallery named part of the former Berlin Wall during a protest against the removal of a section of the historic part of the Wall, in Berlin, Sunday, March 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
A man walks alongside the East Side Gallery a part of former Berlin Wall in Berlin, Tuesday, March 5, 2013. After massive protest against the removal of a small part of the East Side Gallery for the construction of an luxury apartment building the development of the area will discuss againg by responsible politician, investors and the local administration. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
FILE - The June 26, 1963 file photo show US President John F Kennedy walking past a cordon of saluting servicemen and the sentry post of "Checkpoint Charlie" at the West Berlin area near the Berlin Wall. Escorting the President is Brig. Gen. Frederick O. Hartell, right, Commander of the U.S. brigade in Berlin. Partly obscured by Kennedy is West Berlin Mayor Willy Brandt. (AP Photo/file)
In this Oct. 30, 2014 photo children play in front of the painted East Side Gallery, the largest part of original remains of the Berlin Wall in Berlin. On Nov. 9, 2014, Germany celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall on Nov. 9, 1989. After 25 years only a few remains of the wall remind of the about 160 kilometers (about 100 miles) long border which surrounded the west part of Berlin. The 1300 meters long East Side gallery, a part of the Wall which separated East Berlin from the river Spree, the border at this area, is the longest still existing part of the Berlin Wall. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Fireworks explode over the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, during the commemorations of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Nov.9, 1989. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
ARCHIV - Leipziger Buerger gedenken am 9. Okt. 2007, der friedlichen Revolution von 1989 auf dem Nikolaikirchhof in Leipzig. Die Montagsdemonstrationen in Leipzig und damit der Beginn der Friedlichen Revolution in Ostdeutschland begannen am 4. September 1989. Doch Demonstrationen im Anschluss an das seit 1982 montags in der Nikolaikirche und anderen Gotteshaeusern der Stadt gehaltene Friedensgebet hatte es schon frueher gegeben. (AP Photo/Eckehard Schulz, Archiv) ** zu unserem KORR. APD2864 ** --- FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2007 file photo inhabitants commemorate with candles the peaceful revolution in the former East Germany from 1989 in Leipzig. (AP Photo/Eckehard Schulz,file)
FILE - This Nov. 11, 1989 file photo shows East German border guards looking through a hole in the Berlin wall after demonstrators pulled down one segment of the wall at Brandenburg gate. Monday, Nov. 9, 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)
East German border guards use a hose to discourage West Berliners near Brandenburg gate, in Berlin, Nov. 11, 1989. The citizens from the west tried to demolish the wall, demanding it be pulled down. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
An unidentified West Berliner swings a sledgehammer, trying to destroy the Berlin Wall near Potsdamer Platz, on November 12, 1989, where a new passage was opened nearby. (AP Photo/John Gaps III)
A West Berlin policeman, right, looks at graffiti on the wall on Bernauerstrasse in West Berlin, Nov. 11, 1989, as photographers await the break through by East Germans who started to dismantle the wall from the other side. (AP Photo/Thomas Kienzle)
FILE - This Nov. 10, 1989 file photo shows East Berliners getting helping hands from West Berliners as they climb the Berlin Wall which divided the city since the end of World War II, near the Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate). Monday, Nov. 9, 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. (AP Photo/Jockel Finck, File)
** PACKAGE TO GO WITH THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL ** THREE OF TWENTY ** FILE - Berliners from East and West crowd in front of the Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate), early morning, Nov. 10, 1989, standing atop and below the Berlin Wall, which has divided the city since the end of World War II. The citizens facing the West celebrate the opening of the order that was announced by the East German Communist government hours before. Monday, Nov. 9, 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. (AP Photo/Jockel Finck)
FILE - This Nov. 10, 1989 file photo shows East and West Berliners celebrating in front of a control station on East Berlin territory, during the opening of the borders to the West following the announcement by the East German government that the border to the West would be open. Monday, Nov. 9, 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. (AP Photo/Jockel Finck, File)
East German border guards watch a bulldozer tear down parts of the Berlin Wall to make space for more border crossing points between East and West, Nov. 10, 1989. (AP Photo/Udo Weitz)
ARCHIV - Luftaufnahme von der Berliner Mauer von 1978. Mehr als 500 Menschen sind waehrend der deutschen Teilung aus dem Westen ueber die Berliner Mauer in die DDR gelangt. Der Historiker Martin Schaad sagte dem Nachrichtenmagazin "Focus",, veroeffentlicht am Sonntag, 19. Juli 2009 allein fuer die Jahre von 1969 bis 1989 habe er 410 solcher Faelle dokumentiert. (AP Photo, File) **ZU APD3189** ** B/W ONLY ** ** FILE ** Arial view of Berlin border wall is seen in this 1978 file picture. Monday, Aug. 13, 2007 marks the 46th anniversary of the construction of Berlin Wall. The agency that manages the records of former East Germany's dreaded secret police has uncovered an order for border guards to fire on escaping citizens that is far more explicit than others on record, an official said in remarks published Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007. (AP Photo, File) ** B/W ONLY **
West Berliners at right watch East German construction workers erect a wall across Wildenbruchstrasse and Heidelbergerstrasse in West Berlin in August 1961. Built with barbed wire and concrete, the Berlin Wall, stretching for about 30 miles, was a Cold War symbol which separated East and West Berlin, preventing people from leaving East Germany. It stood for 28 years as a division between the Soviets and the Allies. The wall was torn down after Communism collapsed in 1989. (AP Photo)
Famous American actor Gene Hackman, right, and his companion Betsy Arakawa take a look over Berlin Wall in the district of Kreuzberg, Monday, March 13, 1989 in Berlin. Gene Hackman stays in West Berlin for shooting to his new movie ?Baggage.? (AP Photo/Lutz Schmidt)
A group of people stand outside a Jewish-owned shop in an unnamed German town in November 1938, after the Kristallnacht, when Nazis thugs burned and plundered hundreds of Jewish homes, shops and synagogues across the country. November 9th is regarded a historic faithful day in Germany as on the same day in 1918 monarchy in Germany was overthrown, in 1939 it heralded the Holocaust and in 1989 it marked the fall of the Berlin Wall which resulted in the German reunification after 28 years of division. (AP Photos)
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 08: A visitor peeks into the former 'death strip' between layers of the former Berlin Wall next to a former East German guard tower at the Berlin Wall Memorial at Bernauer Strasse on the day before the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall on November 8, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The city of Berlin is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall from November 7-9 with an installation of 6,800 lamps coupled with illuminated balloons along a 15km route where the Wall once ran and divided the city into capitalist West and communist East. The fall of the Wall on November 9, 1989, was among the most powerful symbols of the revolutions that swept through the communist countries of Eastern Europe and heralded the end of the Cold War. Built by the communist authorities of East Germany in 1961, the Wall prevented East Germans from fleeing west and was equipped with guard towers and deadly traps. (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 08: Former Berlin Wall next to a former East German guard tower at the Berlin Wall Memorial at Bernauer Strasse on the day before the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall on November 8, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The city of Berlin is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall from November 7-9 with an installation of 6,800 lamps coupled with illuminated balloons along a 15km route where the Wall once ran and divided the city into capitalist West and communist East. The fall of the Wall on November 9, 1989, was among the most powerful symbols of the revolutions that swept through the communist countries of Eastern Europe and heralded the end of the Cold War. Built by the communist authorities of East Germany in 1961, the Wall prevented East Germans from fleeing west and was equipped with guard towers and deadly traps. (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)
Spectators pass by balloons of the art project 'Lichtgrenze 2014' (lit. 'lightborder 2014') at the Mauerpark (Wall Park) in the district of Prenzlauer Berg in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. The light installation featuring 8,000 luminous white balloons commemorates the division of Berlin where the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall is marked with numerous events on the weekend. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Spectators pass by balloons of the art project 'Lichtgrenze 2014' (lit. 'lightborder 2014') at the Mauerpark (Wall Park) in the district of Prenzlauer Berg in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. The light installation featuring 8,000 luminous white balloons commemorates the division of Berlin where the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall is marked with numerous events on the weekend. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
People pass by balloons of the art project "Lichtgrenze 2014" or lightborder 2014, along the Berlin Wall in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. The light installation featuring 8,000 luminous white balloons commemorates the division of Berlin, marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall on the weekend. (AP Photo/Steffi Loos)
White balloons are installed along the former route of the Berlin Wall, in Berlin, Germany, Friday morning Nov. 7, 2014. They are part of the project 'Lichtgrenze 2014' (lit. 'lightborder 2014') on occasion of the 25. anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Nov. 9 2014. In background the TV tower at Alexanderplatz square. (AP Photo/dpa, Kay Nietfeld)
People pass by balloons of the art project 'Lichtgrenze 2014' (lit. 'lightborder 2014') next to remains of the Berlin Wall at East Side Gallery in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. The light installation featuring 8,000 luminous white balloons commemorates the division of Berlin where the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall is marked with numerous events on the weekend. (AP Photo/Steffi Loos)
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 08: Visitors walk under a light installation of balloons tethered to lamps along the course of the former Berlin Wall in Mauerpark a day before the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wallon November 8, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The city of Berlin is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall from November 7-9 with an installation of 6,800 lamps coupled with illuminated balloons along a 15km route where the Wall once ran and divided the city into capitalist West and communist East. The fall of the Wall on November 9, 1989, was among the most powerful symbols of the revolutions that swept through the communist countries of Eastern Europe and heralded the end of the Cold War. Built by the communist authorities of East Germany in 1961, the Wall prevented East Germans from fleeing west and was equipped with guard towers and deadly traps. (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 08: Visitors walk under a light installation of balloons tethered to lamps along the course of the former Berlin Wall in Mauerpark a day before the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wallon November 8, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The city of Berlin is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall from November 7-9 with an installation of 6,800 lamps coupled with illuminated balloons along a 15km route where the Wall once ran and divided the city into capitalist West and communist East. The fall of the Wall on November 9, 1989, was among the most powerful symbols of the revolutions that swept through the communist countries of Eastern Europe and heralded the end of the Cold War. Built by the communist authorities of East Germany in 1961, the Wall prevented East Germans from fleeing west and was equipped with guard towers and deadly traps. (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 08: Visitors walk under a light installation of balloons tethered to lamps along the course of the former Berlin Wall in Mauerpark a day before the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wallon November 8, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The city of Berlin is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall from November 7-9 with an installation of 6,800 lamps coupled with illuminated balloons along a 15km route where the Wall once ran and divided the city into capitalist West and communist East. The fall of the Wall on November 9, 1989, was among the most powerful symbols of the revolutions that swept through the communist countries of Eastern Europe and heralded the end of the Cold War. Built by the communist authorities of East Germany in 1961, the Wall prevented East Germans from fleeing west and was equipped with guard towers and deadly traps. (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 08: Visitors look a documentary about the WAll in Mauerpark a day before the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wallon November 8, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The city of Berlin is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall from November 7-9 with an installation of 6,800 lamps coupled with illuminated balloons along a 15km route where the Wall once ran and divided the city into capitalist West and communist East. The fall of the Wall on November 9, 1989, was among the most powerful symbols of the revolutions that swept through the communist countries of Eastern Europe and heralded the end of the Cold War. Built by the communist authorities of East Germany in 1961, the Wall prevented East Germans from fleeing west and was equipped with guard towers and deadly traps. (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 08: Visitors look a documentary about the WAll in Mauerpark a day before the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wallon November 8, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The city of Berlin is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall from November 7-9 with an installation of 6,800 lamps coupled with illuminated balloons along a 15km route where the Wall once ran and divided the city into capitalist West and communist East. The fall of the Wall on November 9, 1989, was among the most powerful symbols of the revolutions that swept through the communist countries of Eastern Europe and heralded the end of the Cold War. Built by the communist authorities of East Germany in 1961, the Wall prevented East Germans from fleeing west and was equipped with guard towers and deadly traps. (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 08: Visitors look a documentary about the WAll in Mauerpark a day before the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wallon November 8, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The city of Berlin is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall from November 7-9 with an installation of 6,800 lamps coupled with illuminated balloons along a 15km route where the Wall once ran and divided the city into capitalist West and communist East. The fall of the Wall on November 9, 1989, was among the most powerful symbols of the revolutions that swept through the communist countries of Eastern Europe and heralded the end of the Cold War. Built by the communist authorities of East Germany in 1961, the Wall prevented East Germans from fleeing west and was equipped with guard towers and deadly traps. (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 08: Visitors walk under a light installation of balloons tethered to lamps along the course of the former Berlin Wall in Mauerpark a day before the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wallon November 8, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The city of Berlin is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall from November 7-9 with an installation of 6,800 lamps coupled with illuminated balloons along a 15km route where the Wall once ran and divided the city into capitalist West and communist East. The fall of the Wall on November 9, 1989, was among the most powerful symbols of the revolutions that swept through the communist countries of Eastern Europe and heralded the end of the Cold War. Built by the communist authorities of East Germany in 1961, the Wall prevented East Germans from fleeing west and was equipped with guard towers and deadly traps. (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 08: Visitors walk under a light installation of balloons tethered to lamps along the course of the former Berlin Wall in Mauerpark a day before the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wallon November 8, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The city of Berlin is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall from November 7-9 with an installation of 6,800 lamps coupled with illuminated balloons along a 15km route where the Wall once ran and divided the city into capitalist West and communist East. The fall of the Wall on November 9, 1989, was among the most powerful symbols of the revolutions that swept through the communist countries of Eastern Europe and heralded the end of the Cold War. Built by the communist authorities of East Germany in 1961, the Wall prevented East Germans from fleeing west and was equipped with guard towers and deadly traps. (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)
German singer Udo Lindenberg performs during a Street Party organized by German government to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, in front of the Brandenburg Gate on November 9, 2014 in Berlin. AFP PHOTO / ROBERT MICHAEL (Photo credit should read ROBERT MLCHAEL,ROBERT MICHAEL/AFP/Getty Images)
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BERLIN (AP) - The citizens of Berlin on Sunday released almost 7,000 balloons into the night sky, many carrying messages of hope to mark the 25th anniversary since the fall of the wall that once divided their city.

The symbolic act recalled the giddy night of Nov. 9, 1989, when thousands of people from the communist East streamed through the Berlin Wall to celebrate freedom with their brethren in the West.

"For peace and freedom," Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit told a crowd of ten thousands that had gathered at the city's iconic Brandenburg Gate as he gave the signal to release the balloons, which has been placed, illuminated, along a 15-kilometer (9-mile) stretch of the former border.

Earlier he thanked the former leaders of Poland, Hungary and the Soviet Union - Lech Walesa, Miklos Nemeth and Mikhail Gorbachev - for having helped set the stage for Germany's peaceful revolution.

Gorbachev - who is still a popular figure in Germany - was greeted with affectionate shouts of "Gorbi, Gorbi" by the crowds.

Hours earlier German Chancellor Angela Merkel had honored the memory of the 138 people who died along the Berlin Wall, and the countless others who suffered during its 28-year existence.

Germany Celebrates 25 Years Since the Fall of the Berlin Wall

The latter included Dorothea Ebert, a violinist who was imprisoned in East Germany after a failed attempt to escape. On Sunday, Ebert played a piece by Bach that she had practiced over and over during her imprisonment - on an imaginary violin, because the communist authorities refused to let her have a real one.

Merkel also paid tribute to those who helped bring down the wall, calling its collapse an example of the human yearning for freedom.

"It was about reclaiming freedom, about being citizens, not subjects," Merkel said at the main memorial site for the wall on Bernauer Strasse.

The protests that forced East German authorities to relax travel restrictions for their citizens were spurred by changes that had already taken place elsewhere in Eastern Europe. Merkel said the wall's collapse should be regarded as a sign of hope for people suffering in Ukraine, Syria and Iraq.

"The fall of the wall has shown us that dreams can come true," said Merkel, who grew up in East Germany. "Nothing has to stay the way it is, however big the hurdles are."

Merkel noted that Nov. 9 is a significant date in German history also for being the day when, in 1938, Nazi paramilitaries launched a pogrom against the country's Jewish population in what became known as Kristallnacht - the "Night of Broken Glass."

"That was the opening note for the murder of millions," said Merkel, adding that on Nov. 9 each year "I feel not just joy, but the responsibility that German history burdens us with."

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An unidentified West Berliner peers over the recently constructed Berlin Wall into East Berlin, Berlin, Germany, August 1961. (Photo by Paul Schutzer/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
GERMANY - JANUARY 01: At the Berlin wall, shortly after its construction. Photography. Germany. 1961/62. (Photo by Imagno/Getty Images) [An der Berliner Mauer, kurz nach ihrer Errichtung. Photographie. Berlin. Deutschland. 1961/62.]
GERMANY - JANUARY 01: Boy at the Berlin Wall. Photography. Germany. 1961/62. (Photo by Imagno/Getty Images) [Kleiner Junge an der Berliner Mauer. Berlin. Photographie. 1961/62]
GERMANY - JANUARY 01: Two women with a baby carriage at the Berlin Wall. Photography. Germany. 1961/62. (Photo by Imagno/Getty Images) [Zwei Frauen mit einem Kinderwagen an der Berliner Mauer. Photographie. Deutschland. 1961/62.]
West Germans peering over newly-constructed, barbed wire-topped Berlin wall while waiting for relatives to return from eastern sector. (Photo by Paul Schutzer/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
War and Conflict, People, (The Cold War), The Berlin Wall, pic: 26th September 1961, A woman at the barbed wire separating East and West Berlin talking to relatives on the opposite side,The Berlin Wall was constructed by the Communists in 1961 after more than 2,5 million East Germans had escaped to the west (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Close-up of a West Berliner as she cries near where an East German woman died in an attempt to leap over the recently constructed Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany, August 1961. (Photo by Paul Schutzer/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Close view of Berlin wall bearing the shadowy silhouettes of seven West Berliners waving to their relatives on the other unseen side of the wall in the eastern sector. (Photo by Paul Schutzer/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Young boy & girl playing soccer next to the Berlin wall. (Photo by Paul Schutzer/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Lone woman walking on sidewalk next to Berlin wall w. the word INTRYRANOS painted on it while the tower of a church looms up just behind it in the eastern sector. (Photo by Walter Sanders/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
The shadows of American soldiers in a machine-gun equipped jeep as they patrol a section of the Berlin Wall along the Spree River in Kreuzberg, Berlin, circa 1981. (Photo by Keenpress/Getty Images)
A section of the Berlin Wall with a discarded multilingual sign reading 'You Are Leaving the American Sector' in the foreground, circa 1981. (Photo by Keenpress/Getty Images)
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BERLIN, GERMANY - UNSPECIFIED DATE: Graffiti on the Berlin Wall during 1989 in Berlin,Germany. (Photo by Francois LOCHON/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - UNSPECIFIED DATE: Graffiti on the Berlin Wall during 1989 in Berlin,Germany. (Photo by Francois LOCHON/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Picture taken on April 29, 1984 of the Berlin Wall and the no man's land marking the border between East (Soviet sector) and West Berlin (American sector). The Berlin wall built by the East German government to seal off East Berlin from the part of the city occupied by the three main western powers (USA, Great Britain and France), and to prevent mass illegal emigration to the West. The wall, built along the border between German Democratic Republic (GDR) and Federal Republic of Germany, was the scene of the shooting of many East Germans who tried to escape from GDR. The two countries remained divided until November 1989 when the wall was unexpectedly opened following increased pressure for political reform in GDR. (Photo credit should read JOEL ROBINE/AFP/Getty Images)
Various graffiti are painted on the Berlin Wall on the West Berlin side on April 29, 1984. The Berlin wall built by the East German government to seal off East Berlin from the part of the city occupied by the three main western powers (USA, Great Britain and France), and to prevent mass illegal emigration to the West. The wall, built along the border between German Democratic Republic (GDR) and Federal Republic of Germany, was the scene of the shooting of many East Germans who tried to escape from GDR. The two countries remained divided until November 1989 when the wall was unexpectedly opened following increased pressure for political reform in GDR. (Photo credit should read JOEL ROBINE/AFP/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 2: A panoramic view of the Berlin Wall towards East Berlin at Niederkirchnerstrasse and Wilhelmstrasse in Berlin's district of Kreuzberg on May 02, 1987 in Berlin, Germany. Germany will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, which preceded the end of communist rule across Eastern Europe, in November 2009. (Photo by Andrew Wakeford/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 2: A panoramic view of the Berlin Wall towards East Berlin at Zimmerstrasse in Berlin's district of Kreuzberg on May 02, 1987 in Berlin, Germany. Germany will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, which preceded the end of communist rule across Eastern Europe, in November 2009. (Photo by Andrew Wakeford/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 2: A panoramic view of the Berlin Wall towards East Berlin at Waldemarstrasse and Bethaniendamm in Berlin's district of Kreuzberg on May 02, 1987 in Berlin, Germany. Germany will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, which preceded the end of communist rule across Eastern Europe, in November 2009. (Photo by Andrew Wakeford/Getty Images)
GERMANY - APRIL 01: 25th anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall in Berlin, Germany In April, 1986-On the night of August 12,13, 1961, the first bricks of the wall were cemented together under the protection of the East German Vopos, army and police. The Berlin wall was completed by 20 000 men, on November 29th 1961. 48 kms long, the wall consisted of 2 rings in which some 10 000 men watched over a no man'sland 100 meter wide. Over the years, sentinels and guard-dogs were slowly replaced by electronic sensors and automatic firing mechanisms. Night and day, guards manned their watch-towers to look at the west. Sensing the 'trap', some 38 000 East Berliners 'crossed' the line in August 1961. The average defection rate fell to 5760 in 1962, and in 1980, only 18 persons made it across. The 'wall of shame' has been responsible for many divided families, many deaths. (Photo by Patrick PIEL/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
GERMANY - APRIL 01: 25th anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall in Berlin, Germany In April, 1986-On the night of August 12,13, 1961, the first bricks of the wall were cemented together under the protection of the East German Vopos, army and police. The Berlin wall was completed by 20 000 men, on November 29th 1961. 48 kms long, the wall consisted of 2 rings in which some 10 000 men watched over a no man'sland 100 meter wide. Over the years, sentinels and guard-dogs were slowly replaced by electronic sensors and automatic firing mechanisms. Night and day, guards manned their watch-towers to look at the west. Sensing the 'trap', some 38 000 East Berliners 'crossed' the line in August 1961. The average defection rate fell to 5760 in 1962, and in 1980, only 18 persons made it across. The 'wall of shame' has been responsible for many divided families, many deaths. (Photo by Patrick PIEL/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
GERMANY - APRIL 01: 25th anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall in Berlin, Germany In April, 1986-On the night of August 12,13, 1961, the first bricks of the wall were cemented together under the protection of the East German Vopos, army and police. The Berlin wall was completed by 20 000 men, on November 29th 1961. 48 kms long, the wall consisted of 2 rings in which some 10 000 men watched over a no man'sland 100 meter wide. Over the years, sentinels and guard-dogs were slowly replaced by electronic sensors and automatic firing mechanisms. Night and day, guards manned their watch-towers to look at the west. Sensing the 'trap', some 38 000 East Berliners 'crossed' the line in August 1961. The average defection rate fell to 5760 in 1962, and in 1980, only 18 persons made it across. The 'wall of shame' has been responsible for many divided families, many deaths. (Photo by Patrick PIEL/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
GERMANY - APRIL 01: 25th anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall in Berlin, Germany In April, 1986-On the night of August 12,13, 1961, the first bricks of the wall were cemented together under the protection of the East German Vopos, army and police. The Berlin wall was completed by 20 000 men, on November 29th 1961. 48 kms long, the wall consisted of 2 rings in which some 10 000 men watched over a no man'sland 100 meter wide. Over the years, sentinels and guard-dogs were slowly replaced by electronic sensors and automatic firing mechanisms. Night and day, guards manned their watch-towers to look at the west. Sensing the 'trap', some 38 000 East Berliners 'crossed' the line in August 1961. The average defection rate fell to 5760 in 1962, and in 1980, only 18 persons made it across. The 'wall of shame' has been responsible for many divided families, many deaths. (Photo by Patrick PIEL/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
GERMANY - APRIL 01: 25th anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall in Berlin, Germany In April, 1986-On the night of August 12,13, 1961, the first bricks of the wall were cemented together under the protection of the East German Vopos, army and police. The Berlin wall was completed by 20 000 men, on November 29th 1961. 48 kms long, the wall consisted of 2 rings in which some 10 000 men watched over a no man'sland 100 meter wide. Over the years, sentinels and guard-dogs were slowly replaced by electronic sensors and automatic firing mechanisms. Night and day, guards manned their watch-towers to look at the west. Sensing the 'trap', some 38 000 East Berliners 'crossed' the line in August 1961. The average defection rate fell to 5760 in 1962, and in 1980, only 18 persons made it across. The 'wall of shame' has been responsible for many divided families, many deaths. (Photo by Patrick PIEL/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
GERMANY - APRIL 01: 25th anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall in Berlin, Germany In April, 1986-On the night of August 12,13, 1961, the first bricks of the wall were cemented together under the protection of the East German Vopos, army and police. The Berlin wall was completed by 20 000 men, on November 29th 1961. 48 kms long, the wall consisted of 2 rings in which some 10 000 men watched over a no man'sland 100 meter wide. Over the years, sentinels and guard-dogs were slowly replaced by electronic sensors and automatic firing mechanisms. Night and day, guards manned their watch-towers to look at the west. Sensing the 'trap', some 38 000 East Berliners 'crossed' the line in August 1961. The average defection rate fell to 5760 in 1962, and in 1980, only 18 persons made it across. The 'wall of shame' has been responsible for many divided families, many deaths. (Photo by Patrick PIEL/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - OCTOBER: A genaerl view of the Berlin Wall during October 1989 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Marc DEVILLE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
GERMANY - OCTOBER 01: Illustration on the Berlin’s Wall in Berlin, Germany on October, 1989. (Photo by Marc DEVILLE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
GERMANY - AUGUST 01: The Berlin Wall on West Germany side in Berlin, Germany in August, 1989. (Photo by Eric BOUVET/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
GERMANY - AUGUST 01: Rudow Checkpoint: Families, separated by the wall in Berlin, Germany on January 08th, 1989. (Photo by Eric BOUVET/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 09: Breaking through the Berlin Wall for the new border checkpoint after opening of the border on November 09, 1989, in Berlin, Germany. The year 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. (Photo by Thomas Imo/Photothek via Getty Images)***Local Caption***
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 09: Woman looking through a whole of the Berlin Wall after opening of the border on November 09, 1989, in Berlin, Germany. The year 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. (Photo by Thomas Imo/Photothek via Getty Images)***Local Caption***
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 09: People lining up to cross the former inner German border on November 09, 1989, in Berlin, Germany. The year 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. (Photo by Thomas Imo/Photothek via Getty Images)***Local Caption***
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 09: Mass of people in front of the Berlin Wall after opening of the border on November 09, 1989, in Berlin, Germany. The year 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. (Photo by Thomas Imo/Photothek via Getty Images)***Local Caption***
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 09: Breaking through the Berlin Wall for the new border checkpoint after opening of the border on November 09, 1989, in Berlin, Germany. The year 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. (Photo by Thomas Imo/Photothek via Getty Images)***Local Caption***
The Berlin Wall 1961 - 1989, The opening of the Berlin Wall, November 1989. Bernau - East, 9 November 1989. (Photo by British Army Official Photographer/ Crown Copyright. IWM via Getty Images)
BERLIN - CIRCA NOVEMBER 1989: People gather near a part of the Berlin Wall that has been broken down after the communist German Democratic Republic's (GDR) decision to open borders between East and West Berlin circa November 1989 in Berlin, West Germany. (Photo by Carol Guzy/The Washington Post/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Audrey KAUFFMANN and PACKAGE 'Germany-east-History-20years' FILES - West Berliners crowd in front of the Berlin Wall early 11 November 1989 as they watch East German border guards demolishing a section of the wall in order to open a new crossing point between East and West Berlin, near the Potsdamer Square. Two days before, Gunter Schabowski, the East Berlin Communist party boss, declared that starting from midnight, East Germans would be free to leave the country, without permission, at any point along the border, including the crossing-points through the Wall in Berlin. The Berlin concrete wall was built by the East German government in August 1961 to seal off East Berlin from the part of the city occupied by the three main Western powers to prevent mass illegal immigration to the West. According to the 'August 13 Association' which specialises in the history of the Berlin Wall, at least 938 people - 255 in Berlin alone - died, shot by East German border guards, attempting to flee to West Berlin or West Germany. AFP PHOTO / GERARD MALIE (Photo credit should read GERARD MALIE/AFP/Getty Images)
Berlin, Germany: TO GO WITH AFP STORY by EMSIE FERREIRA - FILES - A picture taken 11 November 1989 shows East German border guards demolishing a section of the Berlin wall in order to open a new crossing point between East and West Berlin at the border line near the Potsdamer Square. In the night from 09 to 10 November 1989, Gunter Schabowski, the East Berlin Communist party boss, declared that starting from midnight, East Germans would be free to leave the country, without permission, at any point along the border, including the crossing-points through the Wall in Berlin. As the 45th anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall nears, a row has broken out about the still unknown number of people who were shot while trying to scale communism's ultimate symbol. Researchers said they have confirmed beyond a doubt 125 cases where people were killed while trying to make it across the wall that went up overnight on August 13, 1961 and divided Berlin for the next 28 years. AFP PHOTO GERARD MALIE (Photo credit should read GERARD MALIE/AFP/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY: (FILES) West Berliners crowd in front of the Berlin Wall early 11 November 1989 as they watch East German border guards demolishing a section of the wall in order to open a new crossing point between East and West Berlin, near the Potsdamer Square. The day before, Gunter Schabowski, the East Berlin Communist party boss, declared that starting from midnight, East Germans would be free to leave the country, without permission, at any point along the border, including the crossing-points through the Wall in Berlin. Germany will celebrate 09 November 2004 the 15th anniversary of the wall's fall. AFP PHOTO FILES/GERARD MALIE (Photo credit should read GERARD MALIE/AFP/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 10: Daily News front page dated Nov. 10, 1989, Headlines: FREEDOM!, Twilight of The Wall: Berliners stand and sing and dance in triumph atop The Wall after it opened yesterday., BERLIN WALL comes tumblin' down (Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Crowd on W. graffitied side of (fast falling) Berlin Wall topped by lineup of E. German border guards framed by Brandenburg Gate, as borders open. (Photo by Chris Niedenthal/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
E. German border guards poised by graffiti-daubed (fast falling) Berlin Wall, impervious to curious crowd cordoned off to side, as borders open. (Photo by Chris Niedenthal/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
W. Berliners greeting E. kin-folk entering by car at opened border checkpoint as communist GDR concedes inevitable fall of Berlin Wall borders. (Photo by Chris Niedenthal/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
GERMANY - NOVEMBER 16: The Berlin Wall in Berlin, Germany on November 16th, 1989. (Photo by Eric BOUVET/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
GERMANY - NOVEMBER 16: The Berlin Wall in Berlin, Germany on November 16th, 1989. (Photo by Eric BOUVET/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
GERMANY - NOVEMBER 14: Berlin, Germany on November 14, 1989. (Photo by Michel BARET/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
GERMANY - NOVEMBER 14: Berlin, Germany on November 14, 1989 - Germany: West Berlin. (Photo by Michel BARET/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Pedro Almodovar, Victoria Abril and Antonio Banderas beside the Berlin Wall The director and the actors on the wall during the presentation of 'Tie me up' in the Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale) (Photo by Matias Nieto/Cover/Getty Images)
GERMANY - DECEMBER 17: DDR border patrol looking threw a hole in the Berlin Wall. (Photo by Ulrich Baumgarten via Getty Images)
GERMANY - DECEMBER 15: Mauerspechte ( wall woodpeckers ), Couple is knocking stones out of the Berlin wall. (Photo by Ulrich Baumgarten via Getty Images)
GERMANY - DECEMBER 15: Mauerspechte ( wall woodpeckers ), Couple is knocking stones out of the Berlin wall. (Photo by Ulrich Baumgarten via Getty Images)
GERMANY - DECEMBER 15: Mauerspechte ( wall woodpeckers ), Man is knocking stones out of the Berlin wall. (Photo by Ulrich Baumgarten via Getty Images)
GERMANY - DECEMBER 15: Mauerspechte ( wall woodpeckers ), Tennagers knocking stones out of the Berlin wall. (Photo by Ulrich Baumgarten via Getty Images)
GERMANY - DECEMBER 15: Mauerspechte ( wall woodpeckers ), Couple is knocking stones out of the Berlin wall. (Photo by Ulrich Baumgarten via Getty Images)
GERMANY - DECEMBER 15: Grafitti on the Berlin Wall. (Photo by Ulrich Baumgarten via Getty Images)
GERMANY - DECEMBER 15: Mauerspechte ( wall woodpeckers ), Couple is knocking stones out of the Berlin wall. (Photo by Ulrich Baumgarten via Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER: Two women cry tears of joy as they step foot in West Berlin for the first time. (Photo by Carol Guzy/The Washington Post via Getty Images
GERMANY - DECEMBER 15: Mauerspechte ( wall woodpeckers ), Man is knocking stones out of the Berlin Wall. (Photo by Ulrich Baumgarten via Getty Images)
Marianne Kopper of East Berlin and her husband Wolfgang Spitz of West Berlin wave to photographers, on November 20, 1989 after their wedding ceremony in the suburbs of East Berlin. On November 09, Gunter Schabowski, the East Berlin Communist party boss, declared that starting from midnight, East Germans would be free to leave the country, without permission, at any point along the border, including the crossing-points through the Wall in Berlin. The Berlin concrete wall was built by the East German government 13 August 1961 to seal off East Berlin from the part of the city occupied by the three main Western powers to prevent mass illegal immigration to the West. According to the 'August 13 Association' which specialises in the history of the Berlin Wall, at least 938 people - 255 in Berlin alone - died, shot by East German border guards, attempting to flee to West Berlin or West Germany. The wall was opened 09 November 1989 and has been demolished since then. AFP PHOTO PATRICK HERTZOG (Photo credit should read PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images)
GERMANY - MAY 25: The Berlin Wall in East Berlin, Germany on May 25, 1990. (Photo by Patrick PIEL/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
GERMANY - FEBRUARY 01: Berlin, Germany in February, 1990 - West Berlin. (Photo by Francis CHAVEROU/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
GERMANY - JANUARY 01: New Year Of The Berlin Wall in Berlin, Germany on January 01, 1990. (Photo by Guy DURAND/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY- FILE PHOTO- FEBRUARY, 1990: Two East German border guards talk to a West German police man through a hole in the Berlin Wall, in February, 1990, in Berlin, Germany. The wall that divided the two Germanys was made on August 13, 1961 and lasted 28 years. (Photo by Sven Creutzmann/Mambo Photo/Getty Images)
GERMANY - MAY 03: Girl with bicycle on the former Todestreifen ( area between the two parts of the Berlin Wall ). (Photo by Ulrich Baumgarten via Getty Images)
File Photo: West Germans Celebrate The Unification Of Berlin Atop The Berlin Wall During The Collapse Of Communism In East Berlin On November 12, 1989. November, 1999 Marks The 10Th Anniversary Of The Fall Of The Berlin Wall. East Germany's Communist Government Erected The Berlin Wall In August 1961. The Wall Fell After Weeks Of Massive Anti-Government Protests On November 9, 1989. The Fall Of The Berlin Wall Is Often Described As The 'End Of The Cold War.' East German Border Guards Shot 77 People Who Tried To Escape To The West Over The Wall During The Course Of Its Existence. (Photo By Stephen Jaffe/Getty Images)
393138 04: More than two hundred fifty Berliners ride bikes along the path formerly occupied by the Berlin Wall August 11, 2001 in Berlin, Germany. The Berlin wall, which was constructed in 1961 by the former government of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), will mark its 40th Anniversary on August 13. Pieces of the wall are still standing in parks around the city and are honored as historic monuments. (Photo by Nina Ruecker/Getty Images)
393138 05: Tourists look through a crack in the Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Strasse August 11, 2001 in Berlin, Germany. The Berlin wall, which was constructed in 1961 by the former government of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), will mark its 40th Anniversary on August 13. Pieces of the wall are still standing in parks around the city and are honored as historic monuments. (Photo by Nina Ruecker/Getty Images)
393150 16: A lone piece of the former Berlin Wall stands at Potsdamer Platz in front of newly-constructed buildings in central Berlin, Germany, August 13, 2001, exactly forty years after construction of the wall first began. Built by the then communist government of East Germany, the wall surrounded West Berlin and prevented East Germans from seeking refuge there. Some 200 East Germans died trying to cross into West Berlin over the years. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Portions of the Berlin wall covered in graffiti stand in a vacant lot at Berlin's Bernauer Strasse 16 November 2004. The Berlin wall (1961-1989), which divided the city, is still mired in controversy as the families of victims who fell trying to cross over to the west have objected to what they claim is a gross comercialisation of the wall. AFP PHOTO JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)
(files) View of a graffiti-covered portion of the Berlin wall standing at Berlin's bustling Potsdamer Platz 01 December 2004. The lonely slab of concrete stands precisely at the spot where the construction of the wall began in 1961. The Berlin wall (1961-1989), which divided the city, is still mired in controversy as the families of victims who fell trying to cross over to the west have objected to what they claim is a gross comercialisation of the wall. AFP PHOTO JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)
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