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Berlin Wall: East German construction workers building the Berlin Wall

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East-Germany, East Berlin, 1961


The Berlin Wall  starting on 13 August 1961, that completely cut off West Berlin from surrounding East Germany and from East Berlin. The barrier included guard towers placed along large concrete walls, which circumscribed a wide area  that contained anti-vehicle trenches, "fakir beds" and other defenses. The Soviet-dominated Eastern Bloc officially claimed that the wall was erected to protect its population from fascist elements conspiring to prevent the "will of the people" in building a Socialist State in East Germany. However, in practice, the Wall served to prevent the massive emigration and defection that marked Germany and the communist Eastern Bloc during the post-World War II period.

The Berlin Wall was officially referred to as the "Anti-Fascist Protection Wall" by GDR authorities, implying that neighbouring West Germany had not been fully de-Nazified. The West Berlin city government sometimes referred to it as the "Wall of Shame" – a term coined by mayor Willy Brandt – while condemning the Wall's restriction on freedom of movement. Along with the separate and much longer Inner German border (IGB) that demarcated the border between East and West Germany, both borders came to symbolize the "Iron Curtain" between Western Europe and the Eastern Bloc.

Before the Wall's erection, 3.5 million East Germans circumvented Eastern Bloc emigration restrictions and defected from the GDR, many by crossing over the border from East Berlin into West Berlin, from where they could then travel to West Germany and other Western European countries. Between 1961 and 1989, the wall prevented almost all such emigration. During this period, around 5,000 people attempted to escape over the wall, with estimates of the resulting death toll varying between 100 and 200.

In 1989, a radical series of Eastern Bloc political changes occurred, associated with the liberalization of the Eastern Bloc's authoritarian systems and the erosion of political power in the pro-Soviet governments in nearby Poland and Hungary. After several weeks of civil unrest, the East German government announced on 9 November 1989 that all GDR citizens could visit West Germany and West Berlin. Crowds of East Germans crossed and climbed onto the wall, joined by West Germans on the other side in a celebratory atmosphere. Over the next few weeks, a euphoric public and souvenir hunters chipped away parts of the wall; the governments later used industrial equipment to remove most of the rest. The fall of the Berlin Wall paved the way for German reunification, which was formally concluded on 3 October 1990.

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Arabic :

مور برلينر الجدار، برلين، برلين، ألمانيا الشرقية، غدر، والتسريح وإعادة الإدماج، والكتلة الشرقية، وبرلين الشرقية، برلين الغربية، عمال البناء، بناء "جدار برلين"، لقطات GDR، لقطات التسريح وإعادة الإدماج، السياسة، وسياسي، الشيوعية، لقطات الشيوعية،,

Bulgarian :

Берлинската стена, Берлин, Berliner Мауер, изток-Германия, ГДР, DDR, Източен блок, Източен Берлин, Западен Берлин, строителни работници, изграждане на Берлинската стена, ГДР кадри, DDR кадри, политика, политик, комунизма, Комунизма кадри, ,

Catalan :

Mauer de Berliner de paret, Berlin, Berlín, Alemanya-Oriental, RDA, DDR, Bloc Oriental, Berlín Est, oest de Berlín, treballadors de la construcció, el mur de Berlín, la construcció Imatges de RDA, imatges DDR, política, polític, comunisme, Imatges del comunisme, ,

Chinese Simplified :

柏林墙壁, 柏林, 花色莫尔, 东德, GDR, DDR, 东部集团, 东柏林, 西柏林, 建筑工人, 建造柏林墙, GDR 镜头, DDR 镜头, 政治政客 共产主义 共产主义镜头, ,

Chinese Traditional :

柏林牆壁, 柏林, 花色莫爾, 東德, GDR, DDR, 東部集團, 東柏林, 西柏林, 建築工人, 建造柏林牆, GDR 鏡頭, DDR 鏡頭, 政治政客 共產主義 共產主義鏡頭, ,

Czech :

Berlínské zdi, Berlín, Berliner Mauer, východní Německo, GDR, DDR, východního bloku, Východní Berlín, Západní Berlín, stavební dělníci, budování berlínské zdi, GDR záběry, záběry DDR, politika, politika, komunismus, Komunismus záběry, ,

Dutch :

Berlijnse muur, Berlijn, Berliner Mauer, Oost-Duitsland, DDR, DDR2, Oostblok, Oost-Berlijn, West-Berlijn, werknemers in de bouw, bouw van de Berlijnse muur, GDR beelden, beelden van de DDR, politiek, politicus communisme, Communisme beeldmateriaal, ,

Finnish :

Berliinin muuri, Berlin, Berliner Mauer, DDR, Itä-Saksassa, Länsi-Berliinissä, itäblokin, DDR, Itä-Berliini rakennusalan työntekijät, Berliinin muurin rakentamisen DDR: N materiaalia, DDR materiaalia, politiikka, poliitikko kommunismi, Kommunismin materiaalia, ,

French :

Berlin, mur, Berlin, Berliner Mauer, -RDA, RDA, DDR, Bloc de l’est, Berlin est, Berlin-Ouest, travailleurs de la construction, construction du mur de Berlin, Images de la RDA, footage DDR, politique, politicien, communisme, Images de communisme, ,

German :

Berliner Mauer, Berlin, Berliner Mauer, DDR, DDR, DDR, Ostblock, Ost-Berlin, West-Berlin, Bauarbeiter, Bau der Berliner Mauer, DDR Filmmaterial, DDR Filmmaterial, Politik, Politiker, Kommunismus, Kommunismus Filmmaterial, ,

Haitian Creole :

Berlin miray ranpa a, Berlin, Berliner Mauer, Almay de lès, Repiblik Demokratik ALMAN, DDR, blòk lès la, bò kote solèy leve Berlin, rejyon lwès Bèlen, konstriksyon travayè yo, bati Berlin miray ranpa a, Repiblik Demokratik ALMAN métrage, DDR, métrage, politik yo, politisyen, sistèm kominis, Sistèm kominis, métrage, ,

Hindi :

बर्लिन की दीवार, बर्लिन, बर्लिनर Mauer, पूर्व-जर्मनी, GDR, DDR, पूर्वी ब्लॉक, पूर्व बर्लिन, पश्चिम बर्लिन, निर्माण श्रमिकों, बर्लिन की दीवार का निर्माण, GDR फुटेज, DDR फुटेज, राजनीति, राजनीतिज्ञ, साम्यवाद साम्यवाद फुटेज, ,

Korean :

베를린 장벽, 베를린, 베를린 Mauer, 동부 독일, GDR, DDR, 동구권, 동 베를린, 서쪽 베를린, 건설 노동자, 베를린 장벽 구축 GDR 영상, DDR 영상, 정치, 정치인, 공산주의 공산주의 영상, ,

Latvian :

Berlīnes siena, Berlīne, Berliner Mauer-Austrumvācijā, VDR, DDR, Austrumu bloka, East Berlin, West Berlin, būvstrādnieki, Berlīnes mūra ēka VDR kadrus, DDR kadrus politika, politiķis, komunisms, Komunisma kadrus,

Lithuanian :

Berlyno siena, Berlin, Berliner Mauer, Rytų Vokietijoje, VDR, DDR, Rytų bloko, Berlyno Rytuose, Vakarų Berlyno, statybininkų, pastatų Berlyno sienos VDR filmuotą medžiagą, DDR filmuotą medžiagą, politika, politikas, komunizmas, Komunizmo filmuotą medžiagą, ,

Polish :

Ściany, Berlin, Berlin Berliner Mauer, Niemcy Wschodnie, NRD, DDR, bloku wschodniego, East Berlin, Berlin Zachodni, pracowników budowlanych, budowa muru berlińskiego GDR nagrań, nagrania DDR, Polityka, polityk, komunizm, Materiał filmowy komunizmu, ,

Slovak :

Berlínskeho múru, Berlin, Berliner Mauer, Nemecko-východ, NDR, DDR, východného bloku, Berlín, Západný Berlín, stavební robotníci, stavebné Berlínskeho múru, NDR zábery, zábery DDR, politika, politika, komunizmus, Komunizmus zábery, ,




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