BERLIN AND THE BERLIN WALL MEMORIAL

BERLIN AND THE BERLIN WALL MEMORIAL

THE MEMORIAL THAT SYMBOLIZES THE DEMOLITION OF THE FAMOUS BERLIN WALL INCLUDES SOME PIECES OF THE WALL.

There is a memorial named ‘Balanceakt’ in front of the Axel Springer Verlag Publishing House in Berlin, which has been there since May 24, 2009. This memorial that symbolizes the demolition of the famous Berlin Wall, also contains some pieces of the wall.

The Berlin Wall, which was located in between West and East Germany from 1961 to 1989, was built to prohibit Eastern German Citizens from migrating and escaping to West Germany. Because of the wall, many families were unable to unite and many others lost their lives in escape attempts.

The construction of the 46 km long wall began on August 13, 1961 with the decision of the Eastern German Council. This concrete border that blockaded West Germany and that was also remembered as the ‘wall of shame’ by Western Germans was demolished along with all of its facilities on November 9, 1989 after the announcement that East German Citizens who wanted to go to West Germany could. It is possible to run into monuments made from pieces of the wall while walking down the streets of Berlin.

These pieces that were monumentalized as if to attract attention to the fact that those days will never to return are marked using special stones and sometimes using bronze plates engraved with the inscription of ”Berliner Mauer 1961-1989” on grass or cement in areas where outer or inner walls were located. There are also specially erected signs engraved with information regarding the wall. There are important documents, information about the wall and similar sources in the museums that are located along the old line of the wall.

Gray-white ”Mauerweg” plates that you might come across on street corners indicate that the wall passed through there a long time ago.