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Weekly Photo Challenge: Old

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Berlin Wall going up.  In 1961 the Soviet Union, and the communist eastern bloc countries made Berlin a symbol of the cold war by erecting a wall that would cut the city in half.   The west would decorate the 87 mile long wall with colorful graffiti.  On the eastern side it was bare, and protected by a wide “kill zone” to prevent people from defecting to the west.

This wall would stay in place for roughly 30 years, evolving through many phases (evolving from a chain link fence to the last iteration pictured to the right).  In the early 90’s the political climate in the east destabilized the communist ideology, and the wall would come down.  The photograph of this piece of the wall was taken at the S.A.C. museum in Nebraska.

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About Mike Lemons
I'm a guy in his 40's who has been bumming around the net for years. I am married to a wonderful woman, and have 3 gorgeous kids.

3 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Old

  1. Patti says:

    If you ever make it out to California, we have a nice big section of the wall out at the Reagan Library. It stands on a hill overlooking Simi Valley, yards away from where the President is buried. It’s quite a sight.

  2. Becky says:

    I was privileged to visit Berlin last May and walked along quite a good portion of the wall that is still there. No, it doesn’t separate the city from itself, and yes people can go on either side they like without threats of being shot, but it is still a powerful testament to our history…and a message to our future.

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