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Berlin Wall: Checkpoint Charlie - allied sector

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East Germany, East Berlin, 1980s


Checkpoint Charlie (or "Checkpoint C") was the name given by the Western Allies to the best-known Berlin Wall crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War.

The Soviet Union prompted the erection of the Berlin Wall in 1961 to stem the flow of Eastern Bloc emigration westward through what had become a "loophole" in the Soviet border system, preventing escape over the city sector border from East Berlin to West Berlin. Checkpoint Charlie became a symbol of the Cold War, representing the separation of east and west, and—for some East Germans—a gateway to freedom. Soviet and American tanks briefly faced off at the location during the Berlin Crisis of 1961.

After the dissolution of the Eastern Bloc and the reunification of Germany, the building at Checkpoint Charlie became a tourist attraction. It is now located in the Allied Museum in the Dahlem neighborhood of Berlin.

The Berlin Wall (German: Berliner Mauer) was a barrier constructed by the German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany) 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 (later known as the "death strip") 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" (German: Antifaschistischer Schutzmauer) 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.[3] 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 :

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Bulgarian :

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Chinese Traditional :

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French :

L'Allemagne, Berlin, RDA, DDR, République démocratique allemande, Berlin est, mur de Berlin, mur, berliner mauer, West Berlin, Allemagne, Allemagne de l'Ouest, bloc soviétique de l'émigration et de la défection, le Bloc de l'est, l'État socialiste, socialisme, communisme, dictature, dictateur, rideau de fer, mur de Protection Anti-Fascist, Willy Brandt, l'Europe occidentale, europe de l'est, 1961, construire le mur de Berlin, Walter Ulbricht, parti socialiste unifié, Conseil d'Etat de RDA, garde-frontières, frontière, fil de fer barbelé , barrière, mur en béton, Zone de point de contrôle de Charlie, car, flag, U.S, allié, Français, soldat, soldat américain, soldat britannique, secteur américain, point de contrôle C, les alliés occidentaux, frontière de Berlin-Ouest, ,

Greek :

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Haitian Creole :

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Japanese :

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Latvian :

Austrumvācijā, Berlīne, VDR, DDR, Vācijas Demokrātiskā Republika, East Berlin, Berlīnes mūris, sienas, berliner mauer, West Berlin, Vācija, Rietumvācijā, emigrācija un dezertēšana, Austrumu bloka, Sociālistiskās valsts Padomju bloka valstīs, sociālisms, komunisms, diktatūra, diktators, dzelzs priekškars, Anti-fašistu aizsardzības siena, Willy Brandt, Rietumeiropā, Austrumeiropā, 1961, ēkas Berlīnes mūris, Walter Ulbricht, Sociālistiskās vienotības partijas, VDR valsts Padome, robežsargs, robežas, barbed wire , barjera, betona sienas, Checkpoint Charlie, car, flag, U.S zonas sabiedroto, franču karavīru, amerikāņu karavīrs, Britu karavīru, amerikāņu sektora kontrolpunkta C, rietumu sabiedrotie, Berlīnes austrumu-rietumu robežas, ,




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