Google celebrates the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with a special Doodle on this Saturday (9). The date is a historic milestone and symbolizes the end of the division of the world between the capitalist and socialist regimes. The illustration on the front page of the searcher, signed by German artist Max Guther, shows a rune wall and two people hugging over the border. By clicking on the image, the user redirected to a results list about the Berlin Wall in Germany.
Built on August 13, 1961, the large concrete wall divided Germany into two sides West (capitalist) and East (socialist). The 45-kilometer, 3.6-meter-high structure was hastily erected by the East German government to stop the wave of people fleeing the communist dictatorship.
Google celebrates 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with Doodle Photo: Reproduction / Goodle
Symbol of the Cold War, a geopolitical dispute that began at the end of World War II between the United States (leading the capitalist bloc) and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (front of the socialist bloc), the Berlin Wall lasted until November 9, 1989. On this date, the East German government warned the people that from midnight there was no longer a ban on leaving the country.
Word spread quickly, and Berliners crowded on either side of the wall long before the twenty-fourth hour. When midnight arrived, the East Germans began to pass the checkpoint. The moment was filled with hugs between husbands and wives, parents and children and friends who had not seen each other for 28 years, separated by the wall. Soon after, thousands of young people knocked the wall down.
'I hope people start fighting walls around the world,' says Doodle creator
The fall was considered the most iconic event of the end of the Cold War and led to the reunification of Germany. The landmark inspired German artist Max Guther, creator of Doodle. He says that even though he does not belong to a generation that witnessed the birth of this historic anniversary, he is deeply impacted by the fall of the wall.
"This topic means a lot to me, and I hope there's never another time when I or anyone else has to live in a country with walls that lock people in or keep people out," Guther told Google in an interview.
To illustrate the Doodle, the artist sought references in stories and old photographs of his parents, who witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall. Guther's desire for art on the seeker's homepage to inspire people to adopt sympathetic postures.
"I hope people will begin to fight border walls around the world, helping those who live in divided or separate countries and giving refuge to those fleeing their home countries because they have no choice," he said.