Mike O Posted November 9, 2009 Share Posted November 9, 2009 Today, they celebrate in Berlin, the 20th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. In 1960, it was a stark reminder of the Cold War, and it was as real a symbol of the Iron Curtain as the Western countries could imagine. I was born in Germany (Helmstedt) and lived in Berlin. I watches as they erected different portions of the wall. What started as barbed wire, eventually led to large concrete walls. The pictures below were all taken approximately 1963. The building towards the left was a newspaper building. When the barbed wire went up, East German military evacuated the building and left the current newspaper edition in the windows. It was like that for months (if not years). This is actually the second generation of the Wall (concrete with barbed wire across the top). A shot of the span of the 'walls' (you can see 2 generations of the wall). In the foreground is a memorial erected for someone that had attempted to flee from the east to the west. I saw LOTS of these along the wall throughout Berlin. Just as we see roadside memorials along our roads, so were there memorials along the Wall Berlin was divided into East and West Berlin with Russia (and East Germany) controlling the Eastern sectors and US, Britain and French the West. Here is a shot of the infamous "Checkpoint Charlie". (There was also a checkpoint Alpha, and Bravo). I passed through this checkpoint 100 times! We got to know the border guards on a first name basis. Notice the 'tank stops' (steel crossed I-beams) buried in the concrete. Another shot of Checkpoint Charlie looking from West Berlin into East Berlin. Notice the sign on the right "You are leaving the American sector." And what it looks like today...(a tourist destination). And 20 years ago, the Wall came down (thankfully!) and marked the end of the symbol we all associated with the 'Cold War'. Today is a time to celebrate...! And as President John F. Kennedy proclaimed: "Ich bin ein Berliner" Regards, Mike O Link to comment
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