East Berlin. 1974. A wall with torn posters of Ernst Thaelmann and an East German flag behind broken glass in the Prenzlauer Berg district. © Thomas Hoepker / Magnum Photos

East Berlin. 1974. A wall with torn posters of Ernst Thaelmann and an East German flag behind broken glass in the Prenzlauer Berg district. © Thomas Hoepker / Magnum Photos

Passersby look back at three teenagers draped in East German flags in East Berlin during the first election day since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Passersby look back at three teenagers draped in East German flags in East Berlin during the first election day since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Though full reunification was still years away, the contact between the two sides was instant and deeper than it had been in decades. A West Berliner here prepares to hand over a West German flag to East German policemen near the Brandenburg Gate.

42 Inspiring Pictures From The Fall Of The Berlin Wall

Though full reunification was still years away, the contact between the two sides was instant and deeper than it had been in decades. A West Berliner here prepares to hand over a West German flag to East German policemen near the Brandenburg Gate.

Magnum Photos —  Thomas Hoepker — EAST GERMANY. The streets of medieval Mehlhausen's old city center in Thuringia are adorned with flags.

Magnum Photos — Thomas Hoepker — EAST GERMANY. The streets of medieval Mehlhausen's old city center in Thuringia are adorned with flags.

Though full reunification was still years away, the contact between the two sides was instant and deeper than it had been in decades. A West Berliner here prepares to hand over a West German flag to East German policemen near the Brandenburg Gate.

42 Inspiring Pictures From The Fall Of The Berlin Wall

Though full reunification was still years away, the contact between the two sides was instant and deeper than it had been in decades. A West Berliner here prepares to hand over a West German flag to East German policemen near the Brandenburg Gate.

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