The Berlin Wall remains the defining image of the Cold War. It is symbolic of the corruption of the Marxist ideal within the Eastern Bloc. Everything that exists in central Berlin today still bears the remarkable and unmistakable scars inflicted by the Wall even so long after its fall.

The 87 mile long, 12 foot high divide which consisted of 45,000 separate concrete blocks, cost the equivalent of over three million US Dollars, and 136 attempted escapees their lives. The Wall, which stood for a total of 28 years between 1961 to 1989, has reshaped the course of German history.

Almost ten years after the Iron Curtain was drawn across Europe, on 13th August 1961 the Berlin Wall was born. Walter Ulbricht, the First Secretary of the GDR at the time, had, two months prior to its construction, famously proclaimed, “No-one has the intention of building a wall.” East German Police and soldiers (some of whom themselves fled) set about the task of not only dividing East from West, but surrounding West Berlin with barbed wire fencing. By sunrise that day West Berlin was an island of Democracy in a sea of Communism. Within a few days the first concrete blocks were put in place. Within just a year a second barbed wire fence was erected. This second fence, roughly 100 metres further into Eastern territory, made any approach to the actual border near impossible by creating an area of no-mansland soon to be dubbed the ‘Death Strip.’

Between 1975 and 1980 the final stages of the Wall were completed and it took shape as the imposing, soulless and towering grey divide that we can so vividly picture. The actual wall, most famously pictured covered in graffiti, backed against the free West. Between East Berliners, the Wall and ultimately the West stood the aforementioned ‘Death Strip’. Beginning with the barbed wire fence, the strip was littered with beds of nails, dogs on long leashes and anti-vehicle trenches, which ensured those attempting to escape would be spotted by guards stationed at one of the 116 watchtowers or 20 bunkers. Soldiers were...more Curso/CTR Travel Writing Berlin
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