COMMUNIST GDR BEGINS CONSTRUCTION OF THE BERLIN WALL - AUGUST 1961 - ESCAPE THRU BUILDING WINDOWS

COMMUNIST GDR BEGINS CONSTRUCTION OF THE BERLIN WALL - AUGUST 1961 - ESCAPE THRU BUILDING WINDOWS

View from the West Berlin side of graffiti art on the wall in 1986. The wall's "death strip", on the east side of the wall, here follows the curve of the Luisenstadt Canal (filled in 1932).

View from the West Berlin side of graffiti art on the wall in 1986. The wall's "death strip", on the east side of the wall, here follows the curve of the Luisenstadt Canal (filled in 1932).

April 29, 1984: Graffiti is painted on the west side of the wall, while East German and Soviet flags fly on the other side

Berlin Wall: building the wall and a city divided between East and West

April 29, 1984: Graffiti is painted on the west side of the wall, while East German and Soviet flags fly on the other side

This picture shows a cross section of the Berlin Wall. Construction began in 1961 and through the years the wall experienced many different phases. This particular picture shows the wall at its greatest, with the fully built wall (on the far left) as well as the many other defenses and obstacles that were contained within it.

This picture shows a cross section of the Berlin Wall. Construction began in 1961 and through the years the wall experienced many different phases. This particular picture shows the wall at its greatest, with the fully built wall (on the far left) as well as the many other defenses and obstacles that were contained within it.

Built with barbed wire and concrete, the wall stretched for 31 miles, separated East and West Berlin as a cold war divide, preventing East Germans from crossing to the west. — ohoctopus.blogspot.com

Built with barbed wire and concrete, the wall stretched for 31 miles, separated East and West Berlin as a cold war divide, preventing East Germans from crossing to the west. — ohoctopus.blogspot.com

Poster with inscription "Berlin - Hauptstadt der DDR", 1967

Poster with inscription "Berlin - Hauptstadt der DDR", 1967

A West German man lifts his son to give him a view of the other side of the Berlin Wall in January 1961.

A West German man lifts his son to give him a view of the other side of the Berlin Wall in January 1961.

A crowd of West Berlin residents watches as an East German policeman patrols the Berlin Wall in August 1961

A crowd of West Berlin residents watches as an East German policeman patrols the Berlin Wall in August 1961

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