The German reunification
One year after the destruction of the Berlin Wall, in 1990, East and West Germany come together on what is known as “Unity day”. Since 1945, when the soviets forces occupied eastern Germany, and the US and other Allied forces occupied the western half of the nation at the close of World War II, divided Germany had come to serve as one of the most enduring symbols of the Cold War. Some of the most dramatic episodes of this War took place there. The Berlin blockade during which the Soviet Union blocked all ground travel into West Berlin, and the construction of the Berlin Wall in1961were perhaps the most famous. With the gradual waning of the Soviet power in the late 1980’s, the Communist Party in East Germany began to lose its grip of power. This ended with the come down of the wall in 1989. Shortly thereafter, talks between East and West German officials, joined by officials from the US, UK, France and the USSR, began to consider the possibility of reunification. Two months following reunification, all-German elections took place and Kohl became the first chancellor of the reunified Germany. Although this action came more than a year before the dissolution of the USSR, for many observers, the reunification of Germany effectively marked the end of the Cold War.