Category: German Reunification

Eight Strangest Berlin Wall Escapes

As of Monday the 5th of February 2018, the Berlin Wall will have been down for longer than it stood: 28 years, 3 months, and 28 days. Erected on the 13th of August 1961, The Wall divided Berlin for 28 years during the Cold War and claimed the lives of, as official records currently state, 140 people, until its fall on the 9th November 1989. What started as a ramshackle border fence, comprising mostly of barbed wire and concrete posts, would be continually expanded into a 157-kilometre long fortress consisting of two walls with an armoured ‘no-man’s-land’ running in between – nicknamed, with characteristic German candour, the ‘Death Strip’. Unlike the no-mans land of the First World War, the control zone of the Berlin Wall was entirely in the territory of one power - East Germany - a country determined to stop the flow of citizens escaping West across its…

Long Weekend in Germany

Today is the start of a long weekend in Germany, leading up to the official commemorations for the anniversary of German reunification on 3rd October. If you're in Berlin near the Brandenburg Gate, be prepared to encounter some celebratory bratwurst munching and general drunken revellery as part of the street festival held in the run-up to the national holiday on Monday. For more info: https://www.berlin.de/…/2716319-2842498-day-of-german-unity… Photo credit: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-1990-1003-400 / Grimm, Peer / CC-BY-SA 3.0