The Berlin Wall was constructed by the East German government in 1961. It cut off West Berlin from East Berlin and surrounding East Germany.
The Eastern Bloc claimed that the wall was erected to protect the socialist state, the GDR. The West maintained it was built to prevent the massive emigration at the time of the Cold War in Europe. On November 9, 1989, as the culmination of peaceful protests in the GDR, the Wall was destroyed and removed. The fall of the Berlin Wall paved the way for German reunification, which was formally concluded on October 3, 1990. Twenty-five years on, the Wall remains a distinct memory in Germany; here's DW's latest content on the topic.
As the German director celebrates 30 years of his epic tale of walled Berlin with a newly restored version, he recalls how GDR officials shelved an East Berlin shoot since the protagonists could 'walk through walls.'
Although the Berlin Wall has now been gone for longer than it stood, remnants of the imposing structure still remain in some parts of the German capital. Last month, a hobby historian made headlines after he reportedly discovered a forgotten section. Tamsin Walker retraces part of the route that divided the country for 28 years.
On today's program: Germany’s Angela Merkel reaches a deal with her coalition partners - The Austrian student fraternity scandal surrounding an anti-Semitic songbook - France’s president rejects nationalist demands on Corsica - Could Brexit kill off one of Britain's lesser-spoken languages? – Serbian-Kosovar reconciliation – And a special focus on the Berlin Wall.
The Berlin Wall has now been gone for longer than the 28 years it stood. But what has happened to it since German reunification? Keith Walker speaks with an art historian with a special interest in the Berlin Wall. Leo Schmidt is Professor of Architectural Conservation at the Brandenburg University of Technology in the German city of Cottbus.
Every social and political event in the world has had its own particular soundtrack. The fall of the Berlin Wall and the road to German reunification was no exception and for clubbers, it was techno providing the soundtrack. But the mainstream media have painted quite a different picture. As Neale Lytollis laments, German reunification seems to be associated with some truly cringe-worthy music.
The Berlin Wall stood for 28 years, 2 months and 27 days. It evolved over time, becoming more fortified and casting a widening shadow on those who lived on either side. While very little of the original Wall remains, this DW video tour offers some insight into what it was like.