*…… she stood there, on the cusp of liberty, where her grandmother had tried to be many years before. In that moment she realised that although it was only a few steps, but it took many years for someone in her family to reach the other side ….. she was in liberty’s shadow
She stood and watched at Liberty crossing, as people hurried past, where East meets West, now there was freedom; and wondered what the future held*
Check Point Charlie
Ten days after closing the border on August 13 1961 tourists from abroad, diplomats and the military personnel of the Western Powers were only allowed to enter East Berlin via the crossing point at Berlin Friedrichstrasse.
Soon the US military police opened the third checkpoint at Friedrichstrasse. The other two checkpoints were Helmstedt at the West German-East German border and Dreilinden at the West Berlin and East Germany border.
Based on the phonetic alphabet the Helmstedt checkpoint was called Alpha, Dreilinden Checkpoint Bravo and the checkpoint at Friedrichstrasse got the name Charlie, hence it was known as Checkpoint Charlie
Checkpoint Charlie was removed on June 22, 1990. The former Allied guardhouses are now located in the Allied Museum and a copy of the American guardhouse was erected on the original place on August 13, 2000.
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