The day the wall came down


ANGELA MERKEL, German chancellor

“Everyone today on this bridge has a story to tell of their own struggles. Sometimes people forget today how many could not leave for years, how many sat in prisons. Before the joy of freedom came, many people suffered.”

NICOLAS SARKOZY, French president

“The fall of the Berlin Wall serves for us all today as a call to fight oppression and to tear down all the walls that still separate the world. We are brothers, we are Berliners.”

GORDON BROWN, British prime minister

“The whole world is proud of you. You tore down the wall and you changed the world. Let me thank you, the people of Berlin, for showing that in a troubled world, individuals even when in pain need not suffer forever without hope.”