Günter Schabowski was an unloved apparatchik of the East German government who brought down the Berlin Wall, inadvertently, during a rushed news conference on a new policy of tolerance for East Germans who were leaving the country in droves. He flubbed the announcement, threw the government into confusion — which opened border crossings in the Wall, which started a chain reaction that collapsed the entire Communist bloc — twenty-six years ago today. Schabowski died last week, on November 1, so this year’s Mauerfall anniversary should also be a tribute to the Cold War’s last accidental hero.