The Fall Of The Berlin Wall

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Introduction

In November 1989, the lives of almost half a billion people throughout Eastern and parts of Western Europe drastically and completely changed. This month marked the beginning of the two-year demolition of the “Iron Curtain” that descended across the continent and the thawing of the Cold War that waged between the world’s two rival superpowers. The fall of the Berlin Wall not only marked the reunification of Germany after 28 years but, also, the reunification of all of Europe after almost three entire, long decades. Out of the nine original countries that comprised the Eastern bloc and were effectively separated from the Western world by the “Iron Curtain,” all but one later sought membership in the European Union. Since then, many of these former Soviet allies have experienced unprecedented growth and expansion politically, socially, and economically. Today, the citizens of Europe are consistently ranked as the happiest, healthiest, and smartest people in the world – a far cry from where most of their countries stood merely a few decades ago.
One country that has made some of the biggest changes in the last two and a half decades since the fall of the “Iron Curtain” has been the Republic of Poland. For Poland and many of its Slavic neighbors, the demolition of the Berlin Wall signified the end of communism throughout the European continent and the ultimate freedom to live under a fair and free government. Previously a Soviet satellite and a…

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