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Having been to this place makes me even more thankful for the various blessings of heaven. This is a somber capture. I cannot imagine the nightmarish lives of those who lived in this place at that time.
“The Berlin Wall (German: Berliner Mauer) was a barrier constructed by the German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany) starting on 13 August 1961, that completely cut off West Berlin from surrounding East Germany and from East Berlin.1 The barrier included guard towers placed along large concrete walls,2 which circumscribed a wide area (later known as the “death strip”) that contained anti-vehicle trenches, “fakir beds” and other defenses. The Eastern Bloc claimed that the wall was erected to protect its population from fascist elements conspiring to prevent the “will of the people” in building a socialist state in East Germany. In practice, the Wall served to prevent the massive emigration and defection that marked Germany and the communist Eastern Bloc during the post-World War II period."
For more of this excerpt please go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berlin_wall.
Taken from former East Germany, looking through the Berlin Wall to former West Germany in the now unified Germany, city of Berlin.
May 13, 2010.
Canon PowerShot SD450