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Graffiti is seen through large plants which have have overgrown relocated pieces of The Berlin Wall near the Sophien Cemetery and the Wall Memorial at Bernauer Strasse in Berlin, Germany, June 29, 2009..."The sealing off of the sector border starting on 13 August 1961 made dramatic changes especially in the everyday lives of the people living on Bernauer Strasse. From one day to the next, they could no longer travel freely through their own neighborhood, and neighbors, friends, and relatives were separated from one another. The house across the street was suddenly part of another political system. Through no fault of their own and against their will, the people of Bernauer Strasse became eyewitnesses to and actors in an episode of post-war German history in Berlin...In desperation, people jumped out of the windows of apartments bordering West Berlin and paid with their lives. Some of the Bernauer Strasse escape attempts succeeded, however. Cameras and film crews brought these scenes to a watching world...The construction of the Berlin Wall put an abrupt and violent end to daily life, leaving traces visible even today on Bernauer Strasse. The former "no man's land" is still largely undeveloped, and between Ackerstrasse and Gartenstrasse visitors can get a good impression of the width of the border fortifications.".
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Graffiti is seen through large plants which have have overgrown relocated pieces of The Berlin Wall near the Sophien Cemetery and the Wall Memorial at Bernauer Strasse in Berlin, Germany, June 29, 2009..."The sealing off of the sector border starting on 13 August 1961 made dramatic changes especially in the everyday lives of the people living on Bernauer Strasse. From one day to the next, they could no longer travel freely through their own neighborhood, and neighbors, friends, and...
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