Whether it was its iconic status as the symbol of the East-West divide or simply memorable among younger generations for its toppling in 1989, the Berlin Wall was one of the most important and significant landmarks of the Twentieth Century. Constructed by the East German government in late 1961 as a way to prevent its citizens from fleeing to the West, the wall stood for almost three decades and stood as a stark reminder of the cultural and political differences of the old Soviet bloc and Western Europe.
The wall stood 12 feet in height and spanned over 87 miles around the city, with its entire length fortified with guard posts. Blocks of land were designated as “no-go” areas: anyone daring to cross the land or attempt to scale the wall was at risk of execution, with an estimated 100 people losing their lives during the 28 years that the Wall was formally in place. The wall was upgraded several times during its lifetime to add extra features or reinforcements.
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In 1989, the East German government finally relented its policy and allowed its citizens to pass over to the West – parts of the wall were torn down amidst scenes of wild celebrations (remember the monumental sight of Baywatch star David Hasselhoff serenading the masses?), and in 1990 the remainder of the wall was destroyed as a physical message of the completion of German reunification.
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