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BERLIN WALL

BERLIN WALL

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Fragments of the Berlin Wall

INTERESTING FACTS
The Berlin Wall was erected in 1961 to separate East and West Germany. In November, 1989, President Reagan called for the 100 mile-long wall to come down, thus paving the way for German reunification. The Wall had kept the people in East Berlin from travelling freely between East and West Germany. Many were not allowed to see relatives living on the other side of the Wall for years. Soldiers guarded the Wall, ready to shoot anyone who tried to escape. In l990, artists from all over the world flocked to Berlin to paint murals on a surviving stretch of the concrete barrier. The Berlin Wall became the world's largest open-air gallery.

Since then, the murals have faded, and concrete eroded. Some panels have been defaced by graffiti. Construction workers and artists began restoration work in 2008, and aim to complete it by November 9, 2009 -- the 20th anniversary of the Wall being breached.

 

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