NYU Deutsches Haus Director Juliane Camfield remembers the Berlin Wall as a constant—and ominous—presence during her childhood in West Berlin. Built in 1961, the wall was a symbolic divider and a focal point for the Cold War, but also a very real physical barrier that kept families apart—many people were killed trying to cross. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall—on November 9, 1989—Camfield shares her personal story and reflects on the lessons to be learned from this painful history. 

For more on the 25th anniversary, read a reflection by fellow Berlin native Roland Pietsch, historian and assistant director for academics at NYU Berlin.