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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1990 - Issues. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 13, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/21919/show/21661.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1990 - Issues. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/21919/show/21661

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Title Houstonian 1990
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Caption The Houstonian is the official yearbook of the University of Houston.
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Transcript Unification Student part of history On the afternoon of November 9, 1989,1 was working in my office in the German department when an American friend came bursting into the room exclaiming, "The wall came down!" My first reaction was neither joy nor excitement, but simple disbelief. I rushed home, switched on the television and still could not believe the pictures they showed. People from West and East Berlin sat on top of the wall. The once dreaded soldiers of East Germany's N.V.A. (National Peoples Army) just watched with hands in their pockets, some of them not even hiding the big grins on their faces. My phone bill from that day and the weeks after that historic event showed my confusion, excitement and joy. I had to talk to my friends in West Germany — "Is it really true that East Germans can simply cross the borders? Unbelievable." The people of Germany seemed to fall into an ecstasy of joy. For me, as a German born in 1962, there had always been the wall and a divided Germany as far as I could remember. But suddenly, German history took a never-expected turn. Reforms were not even discussed when I had my last visit to East Germany in May of 1989. I flew to Germany in December to take part in all the excitement and to get a first-hand view of the new situation. With a couple of friends, I drove to West Berlin on New Year's Eve. We took the subway to the wall near the Brandenburg Gate. Before we could actually see the wall, we could hear it. Hundreds, or maybe thousands, of people hit with hammers and chisels on the wall in order to get themselves little souvenirs. We had to join them, of course, but unfortunately broke the only hammer we had. At the Brandenburg Gate, thousands had gathered and waited in line to enter East Berlin through the newly- opened entrances. We took the easier and shorter way to get on East Berlin's side. We climbed on top of the wall and jumped down on eastern territory. It was a paradoxical situation because for 26 years, East Berliners had tried to climb over the wall to the western side, and dozens had lost their lives. When I stood on top of the wall, I knew that since that November day, tens of thousands had been there before me. Still, it was an indescribable feeling to stand there in front of the Brandenburg Gate, the symbol of Germany's division. That night, we rode by subway into East Berlin and walked from "Alexanderplatz" down "Unter den Linden" Boulevard to the Brandenburg Gate. We were not the only ones. Approximately 500,000 people had gathered in front of the gate (continued) TOP OF THE HILL-People from all over the world visit the wall to see history in the making. This group climbed on top of the wall to get a glimpse of life on both sides. A HELPING HAND-Andrea Franke and another curious visitor are helped to the top of the wall. Not too long ago, an act like this would have been grounds for arrest and possibly, death. LOOK AND LEARN-Martina Crevecoeur looks through a hole in the Berlin wallAll photos courtesy Martina Crevecoeur. 64 RED-TAPE RlssuesTAPE 65