Length of Berlin WallApril 9, 2014 – 07:08 am

Length of Berlin Wall

After the end of World War II, the Allies took over the fallen city of Berlin—with the US, UK, and France administering control over what would become part of West Germany in 1949 and the USSR taking control of the East. That division was crystallized with the building of a wall dividing the former capital in 1961. In 1989, exactly 25 years ago today, the Berlin Wall finally fell. The city has marked it with a beautiful temporary art installation…

East Germany Berlin WallMarch 22, 2014 – 05:13 pm

East Germany Berlin Wall

In 1987, speaking at the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin, Ronald Reagan issued a challenge to Mikhail Gorbachev. “If you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalisation, come here to this gate, ” Reagan said. “Mr Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” Reagan’s speech was triumphalist. He knew that communism was on the ropes. Yet Gorbachev did not rise to the challenge and…

Collapse of Berlin WallMay 4, 2015 – 04:51 pm

Collapse of Berlin Wall

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev walks across Pariser Platz near the Brandenburg Gate on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Photograph: Target Presse Agentur Gmbh/Getty Images As Berliners watch 8, balloons being released into the night sky this evening, old divisions between east and west will symbolically vanish into thin air with them. Yet the runup to the festivities has already served up plenty of reminders…

Map of the Berlin WallOctober 24, 2014 – 01:18 pm

Map of the Berlin Wall

“Where was the Wall?” is undoubtedly one of the questions asked most frequently by people visiting Berlin. Many native Berliners and newer residents, however, are also interested in seeing remnants of the former border installations inside the city. As part of its overall concept for the Berlin Wall, the Senate intends to preserve the existing remnants of the Wall and to post additional signs and information to give people a deeper understanding of…

Berlin Wall facts and historyApril 12, 2014 – 02:22 pm

Berlin Wall facts and history

With the rise of communism following the end of World War II, and the increased control Eastern Bloc nations exercised over their citizens, what began as a trickle of malcontents became millions of people fleeing the Soviet-controlled countries in search of freedom. In an attempt to stop the exodus and to make a statement to the rest of the world, East Germany built the Berlin Wall 50 years ago this month, in August 1961. Here are five interesting…

Why was the Berlin Wall built?November 11, 2014 – 08:38 am

Why was the Berlin Wall built?

It appeared literally overnight, and kept East Germans imprisoned for more than a quarter of a century. Exactly 50 years ago, a tiny group of people masterminded a mammoth operation in utmost secrecy, using a vast amount of resources which their country, ravaged by shortages, could not afford. The Berlin Wall was built - or rather, laid out in barbed wire - on August 13, 1961 in the space of just a few hours. Yet it was to stand until 1989, the defining…

What reasons was the Berlin Wall built?June 9, 2015 – 07:37 am

What reasons was the Berlin Wall built?

Seeing the Berlin Wall for the first time can be somewhat underwhelming. At 3.6m high it doesn t seem so formidable particularly when you compare it with medieval city walls, but you have to understand that the Berlin Wall was actually a border system - and an extremely effective one at that. What people identify with today as being the Berlin Wall was only the final obstacle in a series of walls, located on either side of an area up to 100m wide…

Berlin Wall TimelineNovember 23, 2014 – 05:02 pm

Berlin Wall Timeline

1949 The Federal Republic of Germany - West Germany - is founded on 12 May. On the 24 May, the German Democratic Republic - East Germany - is founded. 1953 Building workers in East Berlin riot over working conditions. The Red Army steps in to suppress the protests. The border between East and West Berlin is closed. Soldiers start to build the wall. What starts as barbed wire and light fencing builds up over the years into a complex series of wall…

Berlin Wall imagesMarch 29, 2015 – 11:54 am

Berlin Wall images

Construction of the Wall at Berlin s central Potsdamer Platz square on August 18, 1961, with GDR guards looking on. (© picture-alliance/dpa) A 19-year-old Volksarmist (GDR army soldier) named Conrad Schumann boldy jumped across the barbed wire barriers to escape from the Soviet occupation zone into the west on August 15, 1961. A film clip and photographs of his famous leap to freedom have been shown many times over across the world. (© picture-alliance/dpa)…

Berlin Wall EffectsJuly 9, 2015 – 07:54 am

Berlin Wall Effects

A wealth of nations , “We are now living in a G-Zero world, one in which no single country or bloc of countries has the political and economic leverage — or the will — to drive a truly international agenda. The result will be intensified conflict on the international stage over vitally important issues, such as international macroeconomic coordination, financial regulatory reform, trade policy and climate change.” Al-Qaeda Osama bin LadenAFP / Getty…