.the wall

November 8th, 2014

Just read a new that Germany has kicked off celebrations Friday marking 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Maybe it is time to scan some photos taken in 2011 when we visited Berlin.

On November 9, 1989, East German border guards, overwhelmed by large crowds, threw open the gates to West Berlin, allowing free passage for the first time since it was built.

East Germany built the Wall, which it called an “Anti-Fascist Protection Rampart”, in August 1961 to halt a mass exodus to the West.

At least 389 people lost their lives trying to escape East Germany, according to an official toll, although victims groups put the figure much higher.

To the past…


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