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The Berlin Wall was a guarded concrete barrier that physically and ideologically divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989. Constructed by the German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany), starting on 13 August 1961, the Wall cut off (by land) West Berlin from virtually all of surrounding East Germany and East Berlin until ...


On August 13, 1961, the Communist government of the German Democratic Republic (GDR, or East Germany) began to build a barbed wire and concrete “ Antifascistischer Schutzwall,” or “antifascist bulwark,” between East and West Berlin. The official purpose of this Berlin Wall was to keep Western “fascists” from entering ...


Berlin Wall, German Berliner Mauer, barrier that surrounded West Berlin and prevented access to it from East Berlin and adjacent areas of East Germany during the period from 1961 to 1989. In the years between 1949 and 1961, about 2.5 million East Germans had fled from East to West Germany, including steadily rising ...


Feb 5, 2018 ... It stood for 10316 days. Now, as of Monday, the Berlin Wall has been gone for as long as it had divided the city.


News about the Berlin Wall. Commentary and archival information about the Berlin Wall from The New York Times.


Feb 5, 2018 ... BERLIN — On Monday, Berliners celebrated a once unthinkable occasion: The Berlin Wall has now been gone for longer than it stood. But on the same day, the city's authorities confirmed the discovery of a previously unreported stretch of the wall in the district of Pankow in northern Berlin. It had already ...


During the early years of the Cold War, West Berlin was a geographical loophole through which thousands of East Germans fled to the democratic West. In response, the Communist East German authorities built a wall that totally encircled West Berlin. It was thrown up overnight, on 13 August 1961. For the next three ...


The Berlin Wall enclosed West Berlin from August 13, 1961 to November 9, 1989, cutting a line through the entire city center.


Feb 5, 2018 ... The Berlin Wall has now been down for as long as it stood dividing its city, with 10316 days having elapsed since the barrier was pulled down by the German capital's inhabitants. The guarded concrete wall was a flashpoint between East and West throughout the Cold War and stood for more than 28 years.