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Fall of the Berlin Wall (November 9, 1989)
November 9, 1989

Moment 58: Fall of the Berlin Wall

A small anti-establishment radio station with a monthly show called “Radio Glasnost” gave a voice to the growing resistance movement in East Germany in the late 1980s. As dissident voices spread the word about reform, the station amplified their cause by broadcasting messages from cassette tapes that were smuggled across the border to a makeshift studio on the other side of the Wall. One of the founders and editors of that small radio operation is German journalist Roland Jahn, who believes the monthly broadcasts of these dissident voices helped bring down the Berlin Wall.

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