November 9, 2015 marks 25 years of the fall of Berlin Wall. To celebrate the occasion, the Google has put up an interactive video doodle. The video documents iconic images from that night in November 1989 when the historic concrete barrier which separated West Germans from their friends and families in East Germany was brought down.
The video also shows sections of the dismantled wall, as well as the single surviving slab of the wall standing in Berlin with a peace sign. From 1961 to 1990, the wall, which was just a barbed wire fence in the beginning separated West Berlin from the rest of East Germany as well as East Berlin. Its fall symbolizes the end of 30 years of division, as well as reunification of Germany that happened since after. The wall had become 3.6 metres high running across 65 miles.
Google Doodle Team’s Ryan Germick & Liat Ben-Rafael have explained how they developed the doodle. “Determined to share this experience on the doodle and others like it around the world, we enlisted several folks and are grateful for their help. Our friends at veed.me arranged 17 international film crews to gather footage. The German Federal Archives (Bundesarchiv) provided powerful archival photographs by Klaus Lehnartz and Heiko Specht to set context for the video. Googlers from around the world translated more than 50 international versions.”