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.
- Berlin Wall (socyberty.com)
- These Stone Walls: The Beatification of Pope John Paul II: When the Wall Fell (deaconjohnspace.wordpress.com)
- 10 Must-See Berlin Sites (businessinsider.com)