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The Newly Found Original Berlin Wall that was lost in the woods in Schonholz

Back in 1999, local historian Christian Bormann found something that it wasn’t supposed to be lost. Nine years after demolition began, he found a piece of the Berlin Wall, somehow forgotten in the woods between a train station and a supermarket. More than 80 meters of the original Berlin Wall, built in 1961, is standing there, some with the V-shaped brackets that once had barbed wire on it. It’s hard to believe that something with this historical importance was lost and this is why we went there to see it with our own eyes. At the end of January...

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Understanding the Berlin Wall with Walled in! – The inner German border

Walled in! – The inner German border is a computer animation produced by Deutsche Welle together with the Berlin Wall Foundation to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the wall. The short movie describes in details the fortifications and the way that the border between East and West Germany was set up and it’s an excellent resource for those who want to know more about it. Mostly because the Berlin Wall only exists in the memory of those people that experienced it. There are a few preserved stretches of it around Berlin, but it remains as an...

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Konrad H. Jarausch explains the Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall on a TED-ED video animation

It was Sunday when the Berlin Wall started being built. August 13, 1961, to be more precise. Construction workers took their machines to the streets with cops and military forces on their side. This is how Berlin woke up in that summer Sunday so many years ago. The Berlin Wall started small, but it became one of the most infamous dividing lines in history. On the video below, you will learn with Konrad H. Jarausch how this wall was built, why it came to exist and how it fell. The rise and fall of the Berlin Wall – Konrad...

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If Walls Could Talk… — A Meat Mural by Marcus Haas where the Berlin Wall used to be

If you are a walk along where the Berlin Wall used to be around Bernauer Strasse, you will see a meat mural that might be our favorite street art piece in Berlin. This enormous painting shows the side of buildings being cut by a large knife with the shape of the city being represented in some white tissue. For us, this shows how the Berlin Wall was a scar running along the city. It all came to be in the summer of 2016 when there was a call for submissions for a mural. The theme was “If walls could...

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Berlin Wall: One Year After it was built

The Berlin Wall was a scar that can still be seen today in the german capital. It split the city into east and west, capitalism and communism, from 1961 to 1989. When it fell, it united the country again and made Germany what it is today. The Berlin Wall started being built, in a really fast way, in the early morning hours of August 13, 1961. First there was barbed wire, then bricks and a proper wall came to be. It kept being improved through the years until it became what can still be seen around Berlin, like in...

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Lichtgrenze: Celebrating the Fall of the Berlin Wall

25 Years of the Fall of the Berlin Wall Following the balloon Berlin Wall called Lichtgrenze ; Berlin decided to celebrate the 25 years of the Fall of the Berlin Wall by bringing it back up for a few days. This time, the Berlin Wall would be made of white balloons filled with a light called Lichtgrenze. Nothing compared to the concrete and fear that used to exist before. And, the first time we read about it, we knew we would be there to take pictures of it. But we knew it wouldn’t be that easy. The big problem we...

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Chris Gueffroy: The last victim of the Berlin Wall

Not many people know who was Chris Gueffroy but with all the Berlin Wall celebrations, we thought somebody should mention the last person to be shot and to die at the Berlin Wall. Chris Gueffroy was the last person to be shot and killed while trying to escape to West Berlin across the Berlin Wall between Treptow and Neukölln. We found his memorial by accident a while ago when we were trying to find where the Landwehr Canal meets the Britz Canal. While we were looking for it, we found a memorial hidden between Treptow and Neukölln. In an area...

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The Berlin Wall Is Going Back Up for Two Days

Back in 1961, when the Berlin Wall was built, it went up over night, literally. First, it was barbed wire. Then, the concrete walls, landmines and watch towers came. This is how Berlin was split for almost 30 years until 1989 when a series of protests and too much bureaucracy caused the wall to come down. This was 25 years ago and Berlin decided to commemorate the fall of the wall by bringing it back up for two days. But, this time, the Berlin Wall will be made of balloons full of light. And it is going to be...

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