The Berlin wall divided families who found themselves unable to visit each other. Many East Berliners were cut off from their jobs
Fortified concrete and wire barrier that separated East and West Berlin from 1961 to 1989. It was built by the government of what was then East Germany to keep East Berliners from defecting to the West.
The wall symbolized the lack of freedom under communism.. It symbolized the Cold War and divide between the communist Soviet bloc and the western democratic, capitalist bloc.