The rise and fall of the Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall was a Symbol of an unworkable System economic decline surveillance and oppression totalitarianism for 28 years. Its rise and fall represents an important chapter in the political history of the world.

By 1961 Ulbricht’s State had lost over 2.6 million of its citizens – young, fit, educated, many with valuable specialist skills. During a press conference on July 15, 1961, Ulbricht claimed “no one has any intention of building a wall”. But Moscow apparently thought otherwise and orders followed two weeks later. On August 13, under the command of Erich Honecker, work on the wall was begun. But the fall of the Berlin Wall happened nearly as suddenly as its rise on October 3, 1990.

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Das Archivbild vom 18.08.1961 zeigt eine Ostberliner Maurerkolonne an der sowjetisch-amerikanischen Sektorengenze am Potsdamer Platz beim Errichten einer mannshohen Mauer unter der Aufsicht von bewaffneten Volkspolizisten. Bereits am Morgen des 13.08.1961 hatten DDR-Streitkräfte damit begonnen, den Ostteil der Stadt mit Straßensperren aus Stacheldraht in Richtung Westen zu sperren. Der «antifaschistische Schutzwall», dem Honecker noch kurz vor der Wende weitere 100 Jahre Bestand vorausgesagt hatte, fiel am 9. November 1989. Er wurde keine 30 Jahre alt. dpa (zu dpa-Hintergrund) nur s/w

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FILE PHOTO 9NOV89 - A man hammers a section of the Berlin Wall near the Brandenburg Gate after the opening of the East German border was announced in this November 9, 1989 file photo. The 10th anniversary off the "fall" of the Berlin wall is coming up on November 9, 1999. FAB - RTRRZBUthe-rise-and-fall-of-the-berlin-wall-9the-rise-and-fall-of-the-berlin-wall-10