German Reunification: archive pictures show Unity Day as it happened 30 years ago

As Germany celebrates the 30 year anniversary of its reunification this Saturday, we take a look at the photographs that capture these historic changes in the life of the country.

This selection begins with the photograph featuring a key moment prior to the unification: on June 12, 1987, US President Ronald Reagan addressed the people of West Berlin at Brandenburg Gate near the Berlin wall. “Tear down this wall!” was his famous command to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

The address Reagan delivered that day is considered by many to have affirmed the beginning of the end of the Cold War and the fall of communism.

The following photographs show the fall of the Berlin wall, celebration of the unification, the protests against it and many other memorable moments.

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