All I Want for Christmas is a Piece of the Berlin Wall

Twenty-five years ago, one of the most popular holiday presents around was a little piece of communist tyranny wrapped up in a capitalist bow.

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This story was created in partnership with The Wilson Quarterly  as part of the series 1989 and the Making of Our Modern World

Anne Elizabeth Moore is a journalist and critic whose work has been granted two Fulbright awards, a UN Press Fellowship, and a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellowship. Her book “Cambodian Grrrl” received a 2012 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award, and “Unmarketable” was named Mother Jones’s Best Book in 2007. She writes for The Baffler and Salon, is an editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books, and teaches in the Visual Critical Studies department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Melissa Mendes is a cartoonist, illustrator, and the former Illustrations Editor at Narratively. She lives and works in Hancock, Massachusetts.