On the 9th of November 1989 the border between East and West Germany was opened. This marked the beginning of the end of the Berlin Wall. Dr Rod was working in London at the time and immediately arranged a flight to Berlin to be part of this historic event. He crossed through into East Berlin at the famous Checkpoint Charlie and saw East Berlin before it was opened up properly. Hammers and chisels were hard to find but he managed to buy a Tomahawk and a chisel and went to the wall at the Brandenburg Gate to help bring down this symbol of oppression. He brought several pieces of the Wall home.