Susan Gleason of Fries is German Director of the German-American ePal Program. She wrote this account of witnessing the fall of the Berlin Wall to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the event. Gleason was 27 years old and working as an interpreter and translator in Cologne, West Germany, when the Berlin Wall came down.
On November 9, 1989, I was sitting at a stoplight, two blocks from my apartment. Suddenly, the music stopped and an announcer cut in, saying, “Folks, you’re not going to believe this, but the Berlin Wall is down.”