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Germany Marks 25 Years Since Fall of Berlin Wall

Thousands of balloons were released and crowds gathered near the Brandenburg Gate to celebrate in Berlin.

Hulda, 3, places flowers in between slats of the former Berlin Wall at the Berlin Wall Memorial at Bernauer Strasse on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, in Berlin, Germany. The city of Berlin is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with an installation of 6,800 lamps coupled with illuminated balloons along a 9 mile route where the Wall once ran and divided the city into capitalist West and communist East. The fall of the Wall on Nov. 9, 1989, was among the most powerful symbols of the revolutions that swept through the communist countries of Eastern Europe and heralded the end of the Cold War. Built by the communist authorities of East Germany in 1961, the Wall prevented East Germans from fleeing west and was equipped with guard towers and deadly traps.

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A crowd gathers on the 17th June avenue during an open air street party in front of Brandenburg Gate organized by the German governement in Berlin.

The bronze sculpture by Gerhard Marcks on the right is "Der Rufer," which means "The Caller." The statue of a barefooted man in a robe with hands cupped to his mouth is dedicated to all torture victims and survivors throughout the world.

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The first Trabant car (Trabi), which crossed the border 25 years ago, drives across the former border crossing-point Ullitz from Saxony into Bavaria, Germany, on Nov. 9, 2014. A caravan of around 100 historical cars drove from Plauen (Saxony) to Hof (Bavaria) to commemorate the border opening.

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People gather to look at the lighted ballons on Boesebruecke bridge in Bornholmer Strasse, where 25 years before thousands of East Germans first crossed unimpeded though a gate in the Berlin Wall into West Berlin.

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Pictures of people who died as they tried to escape east Berlin appear on a screen during a street party organized by the German governement to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, in front of the Brandenburg Gate on Nov. 9, 2014 in Berlin.

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Balloons, part of the installation 'Border of Lights,' are released into the sky at East Side Gallery in Berlin.

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A woman carries a young girl as they await the release of balloons into the sky along the former path of the Berlin Wall in Berlin.

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European Parliament President Martin Schulz, left, the last leader of the U.S.S.R. Mikhail Gorbachev, center, and Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit, second right, release balloons as part of the Light Border (Lichtgrenze) during a street party organized by the German governement to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, in front of the Brandenburg Gate on Nov. 9, in Berlin. Thousands of illuminated balloons sailed into the night sky from the former route of the Berlin Wall.

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Fireworks explode above the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, on Nov. 9, during celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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