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August 13, 2012

Berlin Wall

Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany
1961; destroyed 1989
© William Kessler, 1981

51 years ago today began the construction of the Berlin Wall by the German Democratic Republic. The "Antifaschistischer Schutzwall" consisted of 12-foot concrete walls, guard towers, fencing and bunkers, all creating a barrier between East and West Germany in the 96 miles around Berlin. It effectively ended migration between the two countries until the political upheavals of 1989.

The AAEL Image Collection includes several images of the Wall taken in 1966 and 1981. Additionally there are numerous DVDs about Berlin at Imageworks available for checkout.

Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany
1961; destroyed 1989
© Edward Olencki, 1966

Posted by sgarrett at August 13, 2012 03:06 PM


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