The leader of East Berlin's communist party was Gunter Schabowski and it was this man that said the border should be opened for "private trips abroad." This was said in rather unclear words, but it was enough for action to be taken and that night 2,000,000 East Berlin citizens made a rush for the wall to celebrate the destruction of it by chanting "The wall is gone! The wall is gone!" The next day, November 10, "demolition" work began and its aim was to create new border crossings. The people did not want border crossing, however, they wanted the wall gone and out of sight. German citizens had had to live with this wall for 28 years and if their protesting was going to get them border crossings they wanted the wall demolished. Openings in the Berlin Wall became something frequently seen whether the openings were made by the demolition team or by citizens who wanted to cross then. So the wall became less a wall and more like a ruin.
Today parts of the Berlin Wall still linger in all parts of the world. Some can be found in the United States in museums and there are even some chunks of the wall displayed in people's homes. Either way the wall is no longer a barrier between families and friends but a a chunk of history that can be remembered .