: Stephanie Griffith: Bernstein at Berlin Wall
On Nov. 10 1989, one day after the wall was first opened, Berliners danced, sang, and celebrated at the Brandenburg Gate. The wall's demise had come as suddenly as its creation, shocking Berliners as well as the world. In the following days, people would chip at the wall with hammers and chisels, pulling down the 28-year-old barrier. Millions of East Germans would travel to West Berlin, many for the first time.
In 1989, just a month after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Leonard Bernstein performed a concert in East Germany for the world to see. They played Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, based on Schiller's Ode to Joy poem, but Bernstein changed one important word. Journalist Stephanie Griffith was there, reporting for the Los Angeles Times.