Shot for trying to go to another part of the City.

Erected in the dead of night on August 13, 1961, the Berlin Wall (known as Berliner Mauer in German) was a physical division between West Berlin and East Germany. Its purpose was to keep disaffected East Germans from fleeing to the West. When the Berlin Wall fell on November 9, 1989, its destruction was nearlyContinue reading “Shot for trying to go to another part of the City.”

East Berlin to West Berlin- The 3.6 Metre journey that took decades to finish.

When we hear the stories of Berlin wall, we don’t often realize that basically the dimensions weren’t that great, and it is often forgotten that it was actually West Berlin that was surrounded by the wall and not East Berlin. The height of the wall was 3.6 Metres (11.8ft). On August 13 1961 the worksContinue reading “East Berlin to West Berlin- The 3.6 Metre journey that took decades to finish.”

The dismantling of Checkpoint Charlie

During the Cold War, Berlin’s Checkpoint Charlie was one of the crossing points between West and East Berlin (and West and East Germany). It was operated by members of the U.S. military in the American Sector of the city. Located by the Berlin Wall, which divided the German city during the Cold War, Checkpoint CharlieContinue reading “The dismantling of Checkpoint Charlie”

Ida Siekmann & Günter Litfin-The first two victims of the Berlin Wall.

There were numerous deaths at the Berlin Wall, which stood as a barrier between West Berlin and East Germany from 13 August 1961 until 9 November 1989. Before the rise of the Berlin Wall in 1961, 3.5 million East Germans circumvented Eastern Bloc emigration restrictions, many by crossing over the border from East Berlin into WestContinue reading “Ida Siekmann & Günter Litfin-The first two victims of the Berlin Wall.”