Saturday, August 13, 2011

Berlin Wall

Berlin Wall: 50th Anniversary of the Berlin Wall : History Highlights: The year was 1961. Communists erected the Berlin Wall. The president of the United States advised citizens to build bomb shelters. 

On August 13, 1961, the window in the “Iron Curtain” was shut. In a single night, the border between the two parts of Berlin was closed.  Thousands of people were cut off from their families, work, and homes. 

The Berlin Wall stood for 20,315 days. For 28 years it separated the city into two. More importantly, it divided the world. This is a piece of the Berlin Wall, displayed at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. 
Interactive exhibit on news coverage of the Berlin Wall from its construction in 1961 to its destruction in 1989. at
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