A West Berlin police officer stands in front of the concrete wall dividing East and West Berlin at Bernauer Strasse as East Berlin workers add blocks to increase the height of the East German barrier Oct. 7, 1961.

Remembering the Berlin Wall

A West Berlin police officer stands in front of the concrete wall dividing East and West Berlin at Bernauer Strasse as East Berlin workers add blocks to increase the height of the East German barrier Oct. 7, 1961.

tanks | American M-60 tanks operating on European highway during the Cold War.

tanks | American M-60 tanks operating on European highway during the Cold War.

Construction starts on the Berlin Wall in 1961

The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall - Photo Essays

June 22, 1990: BERLIN GERMANY, Checkpoint Charlie is removed from is original location of Friedrichstrasse & Koch Strasse. The symbol of where East met West was removed to show that change has come to Europe and that Cold War was quickly coming to an end. Credit: Deutsches Bundesarchiv.

June 22, 1990: BERLIN GERMANY, Checkpoint Charlie is removed from is original location of Friedrichstrasse & Koch Strasse. The symbol of where East met West was removed to show that change has come to Europe and that Cold War was quickly coming to an end. Credit: Deutsches Bundesarchiv.

East German soldier named Hans Conrad Schumann who famously defected to West Germany during the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961.

East German soldier named Hans Conrad Schumann who famously defected to West Germany during the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961.

East German soldiers guarding the Berlin Wall during its construction (August 18, 1961)

East German soldiers guarding the Berlin Wall during its construction (August 18, 1961)

An East German border guard tosses a ball back over the Wall after a West German child mistakenly threw it over. Berlin, 1962.   Paul Schutzer ~ the cold war

An East German border guard tosses a ball back over the Wall after a West German child mistakenly threw it over. Berlin, 1962. Paul Schutzer ~ the cold war

American President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev eased tensions between the two superpowers, leading to the end of the Cold War

American President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev eased tensions between the two superpowers, leading to the end of the Cold War

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