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The fall of the Berlin Wall
Transcript of The fall of the Berlin Wall
The government said it was to keep Capitalism out, and East Germany said West Germany refused to recognize East Germany as an independent country.
The reunification of Germany was intended, but the new relationship between allied powers turned Germany against one another Leading up to the "Fall" Escape After years of being divided by a physical and politcical border, Germany was now whole. Working together is better
Much of the Cold War was symbolic
History always leaves its mark on its people
Though East Berlin has still not caught up completely to its much wealthier and attractive counterpart in the West, the West has given greatly to its cause Many people tried to escape the Berlin Wall. The most infamous was Peter Fechter on August 17th, 1962. At only 18, he was the 50th person that died at the Berlin Wall and symbolized the struggle for freedom. Shortly after midnight on August 13th, 1961, East German soldiers begin laying down barbed wire and bricks as a barrier between Soviet-controlled East Berlin and the democratic western section of the city.
Soldiers began the work over the night of August 12-13, laying more than 100 miles of barbed wire slightly inside the East Berlin border.
Many Berlin residents on that first morning found themselves suddenly cut off from friends or family members in the other half of the city Protest The fall of the Berlin Wall happened almost as quickly as it was built.
The communist bloc began to falter, but the leaders of Eastern Germany insisted that the East just needed a change
Many people were unreceptive to that and disagreed. Because the wall was a symbol for the Cold War, the fall also signified the end of the war. Both East and West areas were equal in prosperity. Today, some Easterners wish that they had stayed with their communist ways. This marked the end of communism and the Iron Curtain. The Fall Communism began to falter in other countries such as Poland, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia in 1988 and 1989.
Suddenly on November 9, 1989, East German officials made an announcement saying the borders were now open to everyone.
Many people were in shock at the announcement.
Most Germans used the borders, but others chipped away at the wall itself and began its eventual destruction.
SOURCES East Berlin West Berlin http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berlin_Wall
http://www.chronik-der-mauer.de/index.php/de/Start/Detail/id/659531/item/7/page/0 Following the fall of the Wall, the lives of East Germans changed dramatically and without any consultation or democratic participation of the people.