As the Berlin Wall fell, Julia and Katarina Hesse were making their entrances into the world at a West Berlin hospital.

“My mother missed the whole thing, but my father and brother watched it and later they brought home pieces of the Wall,” says Julia Hesse.

Though she has no memories of divided Germany, Julia loves her birth date.


“It’s really nice to be born on Nov. 9, 1989,” she explains. “Because on that day something good happened. People feel positive about that day.”

Hesse’s high school graduation exam, this summer, focused on the end of East Germany.

“It was curious spending so much time discussing my birth date. And when people learn my birth date, they recall what happened on that day. They get more interested in history just by speaking with me.”

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