a guarded concrete wall, 28 miles (45 km), with minefields and controlled checkpoints, erected across Berlin by East Germany in 1961 and dismantled in 1989.
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How to use Berlin Wall in a sentence
We’re in a place of not just one Berlin Wall, but several Berlin Walls going up in every city.
What prompted you to pick the fall of the Berlin Wall as the backdrop for your thriller?How The Cold War Endgame Played Out In The Rubble Of The Berlin Wall | William O’Connor | November 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Along with the fall of the Berlin Wall, it is one of my all-time great experiences as a journalist.
The Berlin Wall had fallen, Soviet troops limped out of Afghanistan, and the Soviet economy was in tatters.The Forgotten Cold War: 20 Years Later, Myths About U.S. Victory Persist | Leslie H. Gelb | December 24, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
The fall of the Berlin Wall was of course no accident, either as fact or metaphor.
Cultural definitions for Berlin wall (1 of 2)
A wall that separated West Berlin, Germany, from East Germany, which surrounded it until 1989. At the end of World War II, the victorious Allies divided Berlin, the German capital, into four sectors. The eastern, or Russian, sector became the capital of communist East Germany. The French, British, and American sectors continued as a prosperous Western “island” city surrounded by East Germany. From then until 1961, many East Germans, sometimes two thousand a day, fled to West Berlin, often with nothing more than the clothes they had on their backs. In the summer of 1961, the wall was built, and East Germany forbade its citizens to cross the wall, at the risk of being shot immediately by border guards. In November 1989, the East German government reopened the border and issued visas to East Berliners. The Berliners celebrated by breaking off pieces of the wall at a mass demonstration, which lasted into the next day. The wall has since been demolished.
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