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Remembering the Berlin Wall

Posted by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 5:39 PM
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In 1961, East Germany erected a wall -- initially barbed wire, eventually concrete -- in the middle of Berlin to prevent its citizens from fleeing the communist country to West Germany during the height of the Cold War. It has been reported that 136 people died while trying to escape, but the total number is unknown. The wall finally came down at the beginning of November in 1989, part of the reunification of East and West Germany. Here are images from this past weekend’s recognition of the construction of the wall 50 years ago, as well as historic images. -- Lloyd Young (30 photos total)

by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 5:39 PM
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OHgirlinCA
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 5:55 PM

 I have a friend whose family was split up when the wall went up.  Her parents were on the East, her Aunt and Uncle were on the West.  As a child, her parents were able to come to the U.S. to visit with her Aunt and Uncle, who had moved here from West Germany, but she and her sister were not allowed to go for fear her parents may not come back.  After the wall came down, she was able to finally visit her Aunt and Uncle, which is when we met.  She has a piece of the wall and is very happy it came down.

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