Weekly Photo Challenge: Split-Second Story

Berlin Wall (1961-1989)

Berlin Wall (13th August 1961 – 9th November 1989)

Luckily I grew up in a reunited country .. but it was divided into two parts, an eastern and western part, for almost 40 years by the Berlin Wall.

Size: 155 km

Wall height: 3.6 m

Number of watch towers: 302

Number of bunkers: 20

Dead people: 136 people who tried to cross the border


7 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Split-Second Story

  1. I love this shot. It looks so lonely and desolating…perfectly capturing I suppose the emotions a lot of people felt when the wall went up all those years back. And maybe some still feel this way too. Do tourists like to visit this wall, pose photos with it and touch it?

  2. Hi Mabel, the people were more than happy that the wall finally fell down. Living in the German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany) was kind of a restricted life. For example you were not allowed to travel to western countrys or the western part of Germany only with special permit.
    The Berlin Wall is one of the most visited sights next to Brandenburg Gate or the Memorial of the murdered Jews. There is a 1.3 km long section of the Berlin Wall called “East Side Gallery” which is a memorial of freedom nowadays. In this section the wall is painted all over. One of the most famous pictures is the one of Leonid Brezhnev kissing Erich Honecker (a Russian and German politician to that time). You’ll find tourists at the East Side Gallery every day for taking pictures and touching the wall.

  3. Anja, such a great shot for the challenge. So many stories surrounding this wall. In Washington, D.C., a portion of the wall is on exhibit in one of our museums. It’s a haunting display…

    • Thanks Stacy 🙂 I only know these stories from my parents and grandparents because I was too young to remember this time. But I’m deeply grateful that I grew up in a united nation although there are still differences between western and eastern Germany like different wage levels and higher unemployment in many cities of eastern Germany.

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