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Three world leaders who had key roles in the reunification of Germany
gathered Saturday to share their memories of the collapse of the Berlin
Germany's ex-chancellor Helmut Kohl, former U.S.
president George Herbert Walker Bush, and former Soviet leader Mikhail
Gorbachev were honored at a gathering in Berlin for their efforts in
Former Chancellor Kohl now speaks with
difficulty after a stroke and is confined to a wheelchair. He said
that although Germany's history was not always proud, Germans should be
proud of their country's reunification.
At the close of World
War II, Germany was divided into two separate countries governed under
separate ideologies of democracy and communism. The wall was built
starting in 1961 and came to symbolize the divide between the so-called
Iron Curtain and the democratic West.
The wall was breached on November 9, 1989 as a worldwide audience watched on live television.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.