Berlin before the wall, you can see it now
Its an historical day today. This year in Germany they celebrate the twentieth birthday of the fall of the Berlin wall. Today exactly twenty years ago people from East Berlin 'jumped' the Wall when Günter Schabowsk, one off the bigger leaders in East Germany at the time announced at a historical press conference that 'starting now' every East German could pass the border if he wanted to. The German city would never look the same again.
In the beginning of this year Google launched the possibilities to 'go back in time' in Google Earth. Using a slider you can go back in time and see what the place you're looking at looked like years ago. That doesn't work for every place yet, but it does for many.
The photos used for Berlin just after the war were taken from the US National Archives and the "Luftbilddatenbank Würzburg".
Google wouldn't be Google if it wouldn't have a special doodle today in honor of the historical events.
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12 June 2013 / 13 June 2013