In Berlin, Germany, Mayor Klaus Wowereit has renamed a public square in honor of the events that took place on November 9, 1989. On this day, 21 years ago, the first wave of former East Germans demanded guards let them through to the West, triggering the collapse of the Berlin wall, which divided Germany’s capital for 28 years. A new exhibition of pictures and plaques has been opened as part of the new “Nov. 9, 1989 Square”. A memorial was also constructed further along the wall for the 136 people who died attempting to cross over.
It was also commemorated that Nov 9 was the anniversary of “Kristallnacht” (Night of Broken Glass), a terrible attack against Jewish people by the Nazis in 1938.