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... it all but could do nothing to help since it didn’t happen on their side of the wall. Eventually the man was carried away to hospital but he died not long after. It’s heartbreaking hearing that people would have rather risked being shot to death than to stay in the conditions in East Berlin. We also learnt how the Wall came down; a Government official was giving an interview on the radio, and was asked when the Berlin Wall was coming down. He didn’t know what ...
Today is our last full day in Berlin and we wanted to make the most of it. We got a nice early start after enjoying a delicious breakfast and took the U-bahn a couple if stops to Freiderichstrasse and walked a short 10 minute path to Museum Island. On the way we saw much of the scars of the war on many of the buildings. You realize just how recent so much of the violence had been. Our travels today took us from 165 BC and the Pergamon Altar to ...
... of the west". The drama played out with the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall. The wall fell, the Cold War was over and Germany was finally reunited in 1990. It had been quite a story.
So the road to Berlin is a poignant and compelling journey, not only driving to the sunset, but to the very heart of the twentieth century. In the days of the Cold War, the drive to West Berlin was a convoluted process. Since West Berlin lay deep within communist East Germany, ...
... and through translation and charades, we still managed to communicate. It amazed me to see how people could get along and get a point across even with a language barrier.
My friend and I also went to see the Berlin Wall. It was so cool to see it not only for the historical aspect, but also just how much it has changed from it's history. While the wall once cut off West Germany from East Germany, today it has swings, a hill ...
... physically but politically, too.
There are three significant sections of the Wall still standing: the first is outside the Topography of Terrors on Niederkirchnerstrasse, the East Side Gallery that runs alongside the Spree river and the section at Bernauer Strasse, complete with it's undisturbed piece of the old security strip.
I saw them in that order. The Topography of Terrors is all about the Nazi occupation and the war years and is built on the grounds of ...