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German Reunification: Record pictures Reveal Unity Day since it Occurred 30 years ago

As Germany celebrates the 30th anniversary of its reunification that Saturday, we have a look at the photos that capture these historical changes in the life span of the nation.

This selection starts with the picture with an important minute before this unification: on June 12, 1987, US President Ronald Reagan dealt with the people of West Berlin in Brandenburg Gate close to the Berlin wall.

The speech Reagan delivered the day is considered by most to have confirmed the start of the ending of the Cold War and the fall of communism.

These photos show the collapse of the Berlin Wall, the party of this unification, the protests against it along with several other unforgettable moments.

In the picture below, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev (third right, second row) watches while East German Prime Minister Lothar de Maiziere (second right) signs the treaty on German reunification in the presence of British Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd, along with US Secretary of State James Baker and many others. A date for German reunification was agreed three months before the afternoon of this treaty signing once the East German parliament voted in favor of 3 October 1990.

The sudden fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the quick developments that spanned took many by surprise in the time and was a jolt to the system for a 16 million East Germans. Unrealistic expectations along with other factors contributed to the discontent.

The 3,900-kilogram mind of Vladimir Lenin which has been eliminated from a Berlin square in 1991 was discovered to get a new exhibition. The granite mind was a part of a 19-meter Lenin figure published in 1970 on East Berlin’s Leninplatz, or Lenin Square. Following German reunification, the statue has been removed, broken into 129 bits, and buried in forests around the city’s southeastern border.