Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Tariq Petrus checks Anna Petersen’s credentials at a checkpoint as high school students from across the state celebrate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall at Utah Valley University in Orem on Friday. Students celebrated by creating graffiti on a giant replica of the wall, dancing to East German disco music and looking over German memorabilia. The event was organized by Jeff Packer, UVU associate professor of German studies, and was designed to teach students about the pivotal period in history and gain a greater appreciation for the cultural contributions of Germany from that time. The German Democratic Republic — or East Germany — began building the wall in August 1961. It cut off West Berlin from surrounding East Germany, including East Berlin. The barrier included guard towers and a wide area that came to be known as the “death strip.” In 1989, after weeks of civil unrest, the East German government announced on Nov. 9, 1989, that all of its citizens could visit West Germany and West Berlin. Crowds from both sides climbed onto the wall to celebrate and begin chipping away at it. The wall’s fall paved the way for German reunification in October 1991.
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