If Walls Could Speak

By | October 23, 2019

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The Berlin Wall. Source: (Wikimedia)

Walls have been built and used throughout history for various reasons. Usually, walls are built to either keep people in or keep people out or a combination of both. Sometimes it is just a form of protection from possible enemies or thieves.

The Berlin Wall

One of the most infamous walls in history was the Berlin Wall. After World War II ended in 1945, Germany was split up into allied occupation zones with the east going to the Soviet Union and the west going to the United States, Great Britain, and France. East Germany did not want the West interfering with their Communist system of government. They were losing people as they would escape the Communist regime by crossing over from the Eastside to the Westside by way of Berlin. When East Germany finally had their fill of it, they built a wall in Berlin in 1961 to stop them. This stopped people from being able to come and go freely from one side to the other. People then had to pass through specific checkpoints with people sometimes getting killed for trying to get over the wall anyway. At times, people did still manage to escape through unconventional means. 

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The Fall of the Berlin Wall. Source: (Wikimedia)

The wall stayed up until November 9, 1989. Things had calmed down between the East and the West so it was declared by East Berlin that the people could once again have the freedom to go back and forth from east to west and vice versa. At midnight that day, the appointed time, people fled to the wall celebrating. It was one of the most infamous days in history. While some celebrated, others brought hammers and pickaxes to break it down. An official declaration of peace between East and West Germany was made on October 3, 1990.