The Guard Who Opened the Berlin Wall 'I Gave my People the Order -- Raise the Barrier'

Lieutenant-Colonel Harald Jäger was in charge of the East Berlin checkpoint at Bornholmer Strasse on Nov. 9, 1989, and was the first border guard to allow East Germans to cross over to the West -- without an order from his superiors. In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, he describes that historic night.
Photo Gallery: The Man Who Opened the Wall
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Photo Gallery: The Man Who Opened the Wall

Interview conducted by Cordt Schnibben