The Berlin Wall Concert
Fall of the Berlin Wall 1989 © dpa / Süddeutsche Zeitung
The legendary Berlin Wall concert by the Berliner Philharmoniker in November 1989, conducted by Daniel Barenboim. Today, the members of the orchestra refer to the event simply as “THE concert”. In place of tickets, the East German citizens only had to show their identity cards. The queues began to form outside the Philharmonie at five in the morning, and many people spent the night outside the concert hall in their Trabi cars. Interviewed during the interval, the chairman of the orchestra broke down in tears in front of the cameras. Innumerable spectators also wept freely. In the hall, it seemed that the ovations would never end.