Information on the Berlin WallApril 20, 2018 – 12:31 pm

Information on the Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall The Berlin Wall was a wall separating the Eastern side of Berlin from the Western side. It was a symbol of The Cold War until it fell in 1989. Here are ten facts about the Berlin Wall. Fact One Construction of the Berlin Wall began on August 13 1961 as a way of separating the three zones controlled by France, Britain and America from the zone controlled by the Soviet Union. After World War Two, Germany was split into four zones, each…

Graffiti on the Berlin WallApril 17, 2018 – 12:28 pm

Graffiti on the Berlin Wall

Resistance can be expressed through many outlets, whether that be violence, protest, music, or other forms of art. The wall dividing the occupied Palestinian West Bank and the Israeli territory, illegally constructed and maintained by the Israeli government, is a point of frustration for Palestinians. In recent years, the wall has turned into a place for activist and political graffiti regarding the illegal West Bank wall. This activist brand of graffiti…

Falling of the Berlin WallApril 14, 2018 – 12:18 pm

Falling of the Berlin Wall

I said to her: ‘You’re crazy’, ” he recalled. “I couldn’t believe it. Eric Honecker [the country’s leader since 1971] said the wall would still be there in a hundred years.” And did he feel joyous? “I felt nothing.” In the years that followed, he lost his job at the refinery (PCK), which was sold by the state to a consortium of oil companies and promptly cut the workforce from 9, to 1, 200. Despite enrolling on more Government training schemes than…

1989 Berlin Wall FallsApril 2, 2018 – 11:33 am

1989 Berlin Wall Falls

These days it is easier to find remnants of the Berlin Wall and the exhaust-spewing East German Trabant in a museum than in Europe’s most powerful capital. Yet only a two-hour drive away, the Left Party, the successors to the former communists, are poised to gain power in the state of Thuringia, a cradle of German history ranging from Bach to Bauhaus. Twenty-five years after the Cold War, Germany has emerged as an economic powerhouse within a once-divided…

History of Berlin WallMarch 30, 2018 – 11:23 am

History of Berlin Wall

The building of the Berlin Wall in August 1961 divided families and neighbourhoods in what had been the capital of Germany. The Wall represents a uniquely squalid, violent, and ultimately futile, episode in the post-war world. And we know that the subsequent international crisis, which was especially intense during the summer and autumn of 1961, threatened the world with the risk of a military conflict, one that seemed as if it could escalate at any…

Berlin Wall speechMarch 24, 2018 – 11:22 am

Berlin Wall speech

MIKE SARGENT/AFP/Getty Images (CBS News) On June 12, 1987, in a dramatic speech set against the backdrop of Berlin s Brandenburg Gate, President Ronald Reagan delivered a challenge to Soviet leader Mikahil Gorbachev: General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall. The…

Berlin Wall buildingMarch 21, 2018 – 11:11 am

Berlin Wall building

Around 2.7 million people left the GDR and East Berlin between 1949 and 1961, causing increasing difficulties for the leadership of the East German communist party, the SED. Around half of this steady stream of refugees were young people under the age of 25. Roughly half a million people crossed the sector borders in Berlin each day in both directions, enabling them to compare living conditions on both sides. In 1960 alone, around 200, people made…

Berlin Wall piecesMarch 9, 2018 – 10:15 am

Berlin Wall pieces

Getty Images No, we’re not talking Communist loyalists. Instead, we’re talking collectors of historical memorabilia. When the wall fell a quarter-century ago, pieces of it went on the open market as a one-of-a-kind keepsake. Chips sold for $50, slabs for thousands of dollars, according to one report. Collectors clearly hoped there was money in that concrete: It was the 1989 equivalent of, say, a Derek Jeter game-used sock. But it hasn’t quite turned…

Iron Curtain Berlin WallMarch 3, 2018 – 10:07 am

Iron Curtain Berlin Wall

What was the difference between the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain? In 1946 Winston Churchill, the prime minister of Great Britain, delivered a speech in which he declared than an iron curtain was descending upon Europe. What he meant was that after the World War II ended the Soviet Union took control of all of the countries in eastern Europe. The countries that fell into Soviet control lost much of their freedom, but they were not given the opportunity…

Berlin Wall lengthFebruary 19, 2018 – 09:54 am

Berlin Wall length

In post-World War II Germany, the Berlin Wall was erected on August 16, 1961, along the demarcation between the eastern sector of Berlin controlled by the Soviet Union, and the western sectors occupied by the United States, France, and Great Britain. East Germany, officially the German Democratic Republic (GDR), was a Communist state that existed from 1949 to 1990 in the former Soviet occupation zone of Germany. The Soviet sector was by far the largest…