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Newseum - Berlin Wall Exhibit

Journalism 175 - Newseum Group Project

brandon schwab

on 8 November 2012

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Transcript of Newseum - Berlin Wall Exhibit

Berlin Wall The Berlin Wall was built in 1961 and maintained by the former German Democratic Republic, known as East Germany. In Eastern Europe between 1949 and 1961, East Germany was the most productive Communist nation. As the East Germans did have some access to West German media such as radio and newspapers, East Germans were aware that their standard of living was significantly lower than those who lived in West Germany. Many East Germans left the GDR hoping to find better economic opportunities in the West and therefore the Wall was really put in place to keep East Germans from leaving and limiting communications. Otherwise, the
East German government believed their labor force
would have been depleted. However East Germany used propaganda with its citizens and around the world, saying that the wall was put in place to prevent military aggression and political interference from West Germany. For the years in which the wall stood, it symbolized the ongoing post-Cold War tensions between the USSR and its allies such as East Germany, and the United States, West Germany, and their allies. The wall is twelve feet high and miles long, of which miles separated the city of Berlin.
There were only two openings or crossing points, one known as Checkpoint Charlie, which were heavily guarded by East Germany. The Berlin Wall was torn
down in 1989 as the Wall became
irrelevant when Hungary allowed
East Germans to pass through
Hungary on their way to
Austria and West Germany. With East Germany collapsing, on November 9 1989 many passionate people living on both sides of the wall began to demolish whole sections of the wall, and East German police did not interfere. With the removal of the Wall, East and West Germany were reunited as one nation, the Federal Republic of Germany. The Berlin Wall is only visible in a few remaining sections and by the information and collections in a number of museums including the Newseum.
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