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Berlin Wall From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Berlin Wall (German: Berliner Mauer, Russian: Берли́нская стена́, Berlinskaya stena), known in the Soviet Union and in East Germany as the "Anti-Fascist Protective Rampart," was a separation barrier between West and East Germany.
An iconic symbol of the Cold War, the wall divided East and West Berlin for 28 years, from the day construction began on August 13, 1961 until it was dismantled in 1989. During this period around 1000 people were killed trying to escape to the West.
When the East German government announced on November 9, 1989, after several weeks of civil unrest, that entering West Berlin would be permitted, crowds of East Germans climbed onto and crossed the wall, joined by West Germans on the other side in a celebratory atmosphere. Over the next few weeks, parts of the wall were chipped away by a euphoric public and by souvenir hunters; industrial equipment was later used to remove the rest of it.
The fall of the Berlin wall paved the way for German reunification, which was formally concluded on October 3, 1990.
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