on this day in history: the Berlin Wall

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The Berlin Wall was constructed in 1961 to protect the communist way of life. They built the wall overnight and Berlin was suddenly split in two in one night the east and the west was split.

The separation began at the end of world war 2 in 1945. They eventually split into 4 zones than 2 the east and the west. But the east was convinced that their communists’ ways were correct and they were constantly being invaded from the west and neighboring countries. So they built a wall to protect themselves.

Presumably, 5,000 people made the escape over the Berlin wall from the east to the west it wasn’t just a wall though there were thousands of guard towers that were ordered to kill anyone who tried to escape.

The scariest place in Berlin was the death strip. It was 160 yards wide hundreds of miles of anti-vehicle trenches they were constantly sending guard dog checks running throughout the entire country. tripwire machine guns activated as well.

Between 1961-1989. At least 140 people were killed or died at the Wall in connection with the East German border.

On November 9th, 1989, the destruction of this terrible wall had begun. The spokesman for east berlin’s communist party had stated that the citizens were free to cross the borders into the other half of Berlin and the other neighboring countries.

This, of course, was a god sent for the people of Berlin because of the fact that the people were trapped for almost 3 decades. Being harassed by their country and forced to little food.