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German Chancellor Angela Merkel marks 30 years since fall of Berlin Wall

The collapse of the Berlin Wall “proves that no wall is so high and so strong that we could not break it,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday at a ceremony marking the 30th anniversary of the barrier’s fall. 

Merkel commemorated those who were killed or imprisoned for trying to flee from East to West Germany while speaking at a memorial service in a small chapel near where the wall once stood. She insisted that the fight for freedom worldwide isn’t over

“The Berlin Wall, ladies and gentlemen, is history and it teaches us: No wall that keeps people out and restricts freedom is so high or so wide that it can’t be broken down,” said Merkel, who grew up in East Germany, The Associated Press reported. “We want to ensure that no wall will separate people ever again.”

Light installations, concerts and public debates were planned throughout the city and other parts of Germany to mark the fall of the Wall, including a concert at Berlin’s iconic Brandenburg Gate.

Merkel also recognized that Saturday is the anniversary of “Kristallnacht,” or the Night of Broken Glass, an anti-Jewish pogrom in 1938 that foreshadowed the Holocaust.

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