Today is the 20th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. There are a number of great reports on this occasion popping up right now (On The Media had a great piece on the history of Reagan’s “Tear Down This Wall!” speech) but I wanted to point to two web presentations that I think are worth a look.
Magnum in Motion recently debuted a piece called Pictures from A Vanished Country with newly rediscovered work from East Germany by Thomas Hoepker. Some gems in here, and a great portrait of the transitions in the DDR from 1955-1993.
And The Daily Beast has a great slideshow of images from the (often slapstick) sequence of events that led to the opening of the Wall on November 9, 1989, and the writing explains the history and events well. (h/t Donald Weber)
If you come across anything else that’s great please post in the comments, I’m sure these are just a start of what is coming out this week. What an amazing historical moment, wish I could have been there.
(edit: not 30seconds after posting this I came across this beautiful video with Anthony Suau talking about the days after November 9 in Germany, his iconic photographs from this story and some of the smaller and even more poignant reunions that were taking place all along the wall. From Time.com)
update by Scott: And here’s Anthony Suau’s brilliant “Beyond the Fall.”