“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Those words were uttered by Ronald Reagan in 1987, pleading for the destruction of the Berlin Wall. The wall, although merely 12 feet tall in height, was symbolic of the serious ideological divide between East Germany and West Germany. On the Eastern side, there was Soviet occupation and the presence of communism. To the citizens of East Berlin, that wall would be the only thing keeping them from experiencing freedom. With the shackles of communism firmly around their arms and legs, the citizens of East Germany often risked everything to cross through that wall. Many a man and woman had been killed in a desperate bid to escape from the communist state.