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Berlin Wall Poster
Transcript of Berlin Wall Poster
by Kevin Zhang
The build up
Post-WW2, it was agreed at the Potsdam conference to divide Germany into quarters. Many people, especially students and professors, crossed the border from East to West to gain opportunities and/or to escape communism
French, American and British controlled (Capitalism)
How it affected the people
The start of the end
Uprisings in Communist countries and communist reforms in Soviet Union (reason - New president, Gorbatshov in 1984).
Mass exodus of 13,000 East Germans crossed open section of Iron Curtain in Hungary
1989, East German Head of State, resigned
New government took down the wall in November 1989
Both sides of the wall
Delayed German recovery after WW2 (economically and socially)
Forced people to accept communism
No luxuries like coffee
Caged people (human rights issue)
Stasi, State Security Police, strict and secret, used for listening to citizens.
Economy: Soviet system led to everyday products becoming unavailable and trading to find them (If found trading, Stasis would torture you)
1500 to 2000 people/year still migrate to West Germany (declining economy, they want a economy on par with the West)
Fake mass exodus, many East Germans carried empty suitcases to go to West and come back to convince government to take action
Not accustomed to democracy, continued bad education system, continued prejudice to Jews
East Germany today
Start of the Cold War Capitalists and Communists couldn't agree on how to rule the regions and East Germany wanted to restrict movement between the border therefore Germany (including Berlin) were split into two.
East and West Germany