Google has joined in the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989. To pay tribute, Google released a unique Google Doodle video that intertwines footage of the wall before it was torn down with images of surviving pieces of the wall on display around the world today.
The video’s music was created by German musician and composer Nils Frahm, who was born in 1982 and remembers everything about the moment the wall fell:
I was seven years old when thousands of East German signature cars arrived in my hometown of Hamburg and filled the air with odd-smelling blue smoke. I saw strangers hugging each other, tears in their eyes, their voices tired from singing. I was too young to understand it all, but I had a very strong sense that life was different now–and that different was better. A quarter-century later, it is our obligation to tell this story to all those who couldn’t be there, who could not feel the spark of the peaceful revolution and, more importantly, who are fortunate enough not to know the feeling of an incarcerated, divided existence, trapped behind concrete walls. It is a story that demands to be told today, and for generations to come.