Berlin Wall, 50 years on – an annotated graphic of the 50th anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall was erected in the dead of night on August 13, 1961, on the orders of East German leader Walter Ulbricht. For 28 tears, it prevented people from defecting from the East to the West. The Wall symbolised the Iron Curtain between communist east and capitalist west during the Cold War, until its fall on the momentous night of November 9 1989.

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Berlin Wall: 50 years on
Berlin Wall: 50 years on
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