On the 30th anniversary of the historic day when the Berlin Wall fell, Google has come up with a doodle. Erected on August 13, 1961, the barbed wire and concrete edifice had long divided East and West Berlin, and was finally opened only on November 9, 1989.
A doodle illustrated by Berlin-based artist Max Guther, celebrated a “peaceful revolution that signaled the simultaneous end of the Cold War and the beginning of German reunification”.
The colourful doodle aims to highlight the pain of German families separated by the wall and showed a couple embracing at a place the wall had fallen. Drawing inspiration from an old photograph of his parents who were in Berlin during the fall of the ‘Iron Curtain’, the artist called the opportunity a great honour.
“I hope that people start fighting border walls all over the world, helping people living in divided or separated countries, and giving refuge to those fleeing their home countries because they have no choice,” Guther said.
“Winds of change were blowing across Europe as new leadership in Russia, Poland, and Hungary had high hopes in East Germany for an end to 28 years of strict travel restrictions. During a government press conference, an official spokesman’s hasty statement gave reporters and TV viewers the mistaken impression that East Germany would be allowing free travel between East and West Berlin,” Google wrote in its blog about the incident.
As Germans thronged at the wall in huge numbers and continued to chant “Tor auf!” (Open the gate!) a few hours before midnight, the officer-in-charge of the Bornholmer Street checkpoint ordered the opening of the gate, in defiance of his superiors. “Two million jubilant Germans crossed the border, some singing, dancing, and toasting the start of a new era while others began physically dismantling the wall,” the blog added.