Berlin Wall Construction to Destruction

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  • Berlin Wall
  • 1950s-Early 1960s
  • West Berlin
  • East Berlin
  • Construction of the Berlin Wall
  • East Berlin
  • West Berlin
  • The Berlin Wall was created to stop East Germans from fleeing to West Germany, I describe events from before it was built, when it was built, and what happened until the destruction of it during the 1980s when families were reunited.
  • JFK Visits the Berlin Wall
  • Ich bin ein Berliner!
  • In the summer of 1961, over 200,000 East Germans had gone to West Germany to reunite with family and to escape the communist repression.
  • Ronald Reagan Speaks at Berlin Wall
  • Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
  • The government of East Germany begins the construction of the Berlin Wall on August 12, 1961, to seal off all entrance points into West Germany from East Berlin by stringing up barbed wire and posting sentries. Later, the construction of the wall consisted of a concrete block wall complete with sentry towers and minefields around it.
  • Fall of the Berlin Wall
  • On June 26, 1963, President JFK travels to the Berlin Wall in an attempt to reassure the West Germans that the US has not abandoned them. Here he also famously declared, "Ich bin ein Berliner."
  • On June 12, 1987, Ronald Reagan spoke to the public at the Brandenburg Gate to commemorate the 750th anniversary of Berlin. He then challenged Mikhail Gorbachev and the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union to tear down the wall as a symbol of increasing freedom on the Eastern Bloc.
  • The wall began coming down on November 9, 1989 with people known as "wall woodpeckers" smashing fragments for souvenirs. The official dismantling of the wall began on June 13, 1990 when the East German military starting in the Mitte district. The fall of the wall was a step towards German reunification along with East Germany adopting the West German currency.
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