Oct. 2, 1990: The reunification of Germany

The 16 million people of East Germany finally formally came together with the more than 60 million people of the west. For East Germany, so much has disappeared. It is a moment for extraordinary celebration as it marks the true end of World War II.
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At the heart of the order tonight at the reichstag the German parliament in Berlin. The rebirth of a nation. East and west Germany that comes simply. Germany again. From ABC this is world news tonight with Peter Jennings. Good evening the German democratic republic east Germany for the last 41 years is disappearing from the map peacefully and democratically. The sixty million people of east Germany finally formally. Come together with the more than sixty million people of the west. They listen tonight at midnight there to the freedom bell cast in the image. Of the liberty bell in Philadelphia and the flag which had only flown over west Germany now flies over. A unified nation for east Germany's so much has disappeared. No more flagged. No more police. No more army and some east Germans would say. No more east German identity. It is a moment for extraordinary celebration. In that it marks the true end of World War II. It is a time of great uncertainty. As Europe changes dramatically once again in Berlin tonight ABC's. John Donvan. It took a farewell to flags to launch the birthday celebrations of the new Germany the American flag lowered for the last time here. Ending the military occupation of Berlin shared with Britain France and the Soviets that began after World War II. And the east German flag a banner destined never to fly again. At a ceremony where soldiers marched in east German uniforms for the last time and then the speeches began a went cold leader for now the united German nation. Went on television to declare this the half BS day of his life. It east German Lowe talked him Izzy or leader of the state that now disappears was more somber. In his speech it unification ceremonies tonight he recalled the Berlin Wall as a symbol of repression. That had he said handicapped all least Germans and to form their sense of themselves. Meanwhile the parliament to beast Germany met for the last time. As one of its members said it now we can read our own obituaries. But officially this begins a day of joy in Germany. And the Germans market with Beethoven's believed to join us. And a concert that was broadcast. To both ends of this suddenly larger nation. John Donvan ABC news Berlin. And back again we go to the Brandenburg Gate this time at the very heart of Berlin it was once the emblem of the city. It of course became the symbol of division. Through that crowd for so many years cut the Berlin wall of 99. Miles of it in early and alone. This is the moment of course the two Germany's officially become one again but the union is made up of thousands of actions large and small. Tonight's symbolic act of union in celebration. Is simply catching up with the last year's reality.

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