‘Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!’: 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall

Saturday is 30 years since the Berlin Wall, separating the free and democratic West Germany from the Soviet Union controlled East Germany, fell.

The wall, constructed overnight in the 1940s, separated employees from businesses and families from one another. Things got so bad in the Soviet Union controlled East that people risked life and limb in order to escape.

Simply put, it was a perfect example of the vast differences between freedom and communism.

One of those people who played a major role in the fall of the Berlin Wall was the late President Ronald Reagan. Reagan is known for his excellent oratory skills, delivering countless one liners that are still repeated today but none are more popular than his demand that “Mr. Gorbachev tear down this wall.”

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