Axel Martens

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Axel Martens

Talk: The Fall of the Berlin Wall

A most hideous and much hated vice designed to prevent the East Germans to leave their country that stood for 28 years and that cost the lives of at least 136 people trying to overcome its imprisonment was unexpectedly opened by accident. Grown up sheltered in a tiny town in the East Germany, Axel Martens was watching the late night news as he saw footage of Berliners crossing the "Death Strip" into West Berlin. An event that had seemed as likely as a UFO landing on the White House lawn had just happened and it changed his life and the world as we knew it forever. Let him tell you his story, about the Wall, the daily life in East Germany in the 80th, the events leading up to November 9th, and the rare happy end of a revolution in 1989.

Axel Martens

Axel Martens was born 1972 in a small East German town 120 miles North of Berlin. After finishing school, Axel moved to Berlin where he studied computer science and worked for SAP AG. In 2004, after finishing his Ph.D., Axel moved to the USA and started working for IBM Reseach in New York. Axel joined Google in October 2012 and works in New York as Tech Lead in CorpEng.