Saturday, February 14, 2015

Fact of the Day: Soviet Wall

While the Berlin Wall was built in 1961, Communist East Germany had wanted a wall since at least 1953. After two million citizens defected to the democratic West Germany, the Soviet Union finally granted their request. It would last until 1989, when the Cold War reached its end. 

17 comments:

  1. It was unbelievable when the Berlin Wall came down. It all happened so quickly and unexpectedly, really.

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  2. Wonderful that the wall came down...I was amazed when it happened.

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  3. It's incredible that a wall was used to keep their people imprisoned. Maybe someday, the same can happen in Korea.

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  4. I was too small to remember it, but it is said that, even today, we often have the need to build up walls between countries.

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  5. Did they know what they were doing?

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  6. I grew up listening to tales of this wall and of the brave people who tried to escape by climbing over it, very often with dire consequences. I remember even as a child seeing these events on the news and being greatly saddened by them. I remember seeing it come down and the jubilation of the people. When I saw a section of this wall at the newseum in DC they even had a guard tower, all those memories came flooding back.

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  7. This wall was dramatic... It was an amazing moment when it came down !

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  8. We visited the wall and were deeply touched.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  9. my 4 year old self never even heard it came down, or cared at the time, lol

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  10. my parents were able to visit around 1989 and brought home a small chunk of the wall!

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  11. Doesn't ANYONE remember....."Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall!" -
    by one of the greatest presidents EVER...helping to end the Cold War.

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  12. It was a terrible thing that divided families and cost people their lives.

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  13. A big day when they finally tore it down

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  14. Yes I remember that withe the wall finally fall!

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