November 9, 1989 is one of those dates that will be forever etched in the historical memory of humanity. It was the day that the Berlin Wall was breached by the people of East Germany, the symbolic culmination of months of demonstrations and activism (led, in significant measure, by the Protestant churches) aimed at bringing down totalitarian rule and eventually reuniting the two Germanies. It was scenes like this that stirred people’s souls across the globe:

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If you had told me on January 1, 1983 that within ten years Eastern Europe would be free, Germany would be one united country, and the Soviet Union would have disintegrated, I’d have said you were crazy. Amazing.