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6 - What is left of the Wall

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  What is left II

Bornholmer Strasse :

Pieces of the Wall and a plaque commemorating the first day it was opened, on 9th November 1989, unveiled a year later.

Bernauer Strasse :

This street marks the boundary between two boroughs, Mitte which was part of the Soviet sector, and Wedding, belonging to the French sector. On 13th August 1961, this demarcation line became a closed, guarded border, and one of the symbols of the division of the city. During the early days, tenants in the buildings could still jump out of the window to take refuge in the West. This is how an old Berliner received a fatal injury, to become the first in a long list of victims. Later the houses were boarded up and their residents evicted.

A few years later, the buildings were demolished. In 1985, the Church of the Reconciliation, which was in no man’s land and had lain disused since 1961, was in turn destroyed by the East German authorities.

The corner of the Bernauer Strasse and Gartenstrasse forms " suicide corner ", where car drivers ran at high speed into the Wall which blocked the streets at right angles.

In the Swinemünder Strasse, there is a plaque to commemorate the deaths of ten fugitives.

Since 13th August 1998, the Bernauer Strasse has housed the Memorial of the Division, which includes a section of Wall (70 metres/ 230'), to which a documentation centre on the Wall was added in 1999.

Invalidenfriedhof :

In addition to a look-out tower, there are still some stretches of Wall that bounded a cemetery, where a large number of graves were moved to make way for watchtowers and a tarmacked strip. Of the original 3 000 graves just 200 remain. Only visitors carrying a special pass (Grabkarte) were allowed to come and meditate at their relatives’ graves.

Reichstag :

The Wall ran along the east front of the Reichstag. Close by, there are some white crosses in memory of some of the Wall’s victims. Opposite, on the other side of the Spree, after reunification was the " Parliament of Trees" (Parlament der Bäume) which, on the initiative of the Berlin artist Ben Wargin, included a set of works on " the art of the division " ; sections of the Wall, painted in black and white, that recalled the years of the partitioning and its victims.

Berlin
Berlin

 

Buildings were demolished
Buildings were
knocked down

The Church of the Reconciliation
The Church of the Reconciliation

Liesenstrasse graveyard
The Liesenstrasse
graveyard

The Wall along the Reichstag
The Wall along the Reichstag

 

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