Monday, June 13, 2011


Brandenburg Gate
"After WWII:
The gate, which had become a symbol of Prussian militarism, was badly damaged during World War II. After the war and the division of Berlin, the Brandenburger Gate was right at the border between East and West Berlin, just inside the Russian sector.

Berlin Wall:
After the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961 which was built right near the Brandenburger Tor, the Pariser Platz, on the East-Berlin side, became completely desolate. The gate symbolized Germany's division. With the fall of the wall in 1989, people flocked to the reopened Brandenburger Gate to celebrate."

Steve in front of Brandenburg gate.

Brandenburg gate

Checkpoint Charlie

"Ten days after closing the border on August 13, 1961 tourists from abroad, diplomats and the military personnel of the Western Powers were only allowed to enter East Berlin via the crossing point at Berlin Friedrichstrasse.

Soon the US military police opened the third checkpoint at Friedrichstrasse. The other two checkpoints were Helmstedt at the West German-East German border and Dreilinden at the West Berlin and East Germany border. Based on the phonetic alphabet the Helmstedt checkpoint was called Alpha, Dreilinden Checkpoint Bravo and the checkpoint at Friedrichstrasse got the name Charlie.

 A copy of the American guardhouse was errected on the original place on August 13, 2000."

Becky at "Checkpoint Charlie"
 The Wall

"The Berlin Wall was erected in the night of August 13, 1961.  It was a weekend and most Berliners slept while the East German government begun to close the border. In the early morning of that Sunday most of the first work was done: the border to West Berlin was closed. The East German troups had begun to tear up streets and to install barbed wire entanglement and fences through Berlin.

The first concrete elements and large square blocks were used first on August 15, 1961. Within the next months the first generation of the Berlin Wall was build up: a wall consisting of concrete elements and square blocks.

A second Wall was build in June 1962 in order to prevent from escaping to the West.

The first Wall was improved during the next years and it's difficult to distinguish between the first and the second generation of the Wall.

These two first generations were removed by the third generation beginning about 1965. The third generation of Wall consisted of concrete slabs between steel girder and concrete posts with a concrete sewage pipe on top of the Wall.

From the year 1975 the third generation of Wall was replaced by the fourth generation. New concrete segements were used which were easy to build up and were more resistant to breakthroughs and to environmental polutions.

A 140 meter long section of the Berlin Wall was re-erected by the museum on October 31, 2004 and nearby, a field of 1,065 crosses represents all victims of the East German border system." 

A monument along the wall portraying the grim history in Germany between 1933-1945

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1 comment:

  1. What an awesome trip. Thank you Stevie for a great adventure with you and the family. Jill and I had our own adventures while Stevie was at his meeting. Rain and all, it was a ball.