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It Was 20 Years Ago Today: Berlin Wall

Posted by Laurie Frost on November 8, 2009

Although the official dismantling of the Berlin Wall occurred between June and November of 1990, November 9, 1989, is remembered as the day the Berlin Wall effectively came down. New travel policies allowing East Berliners to travel to the West were drafted to take effect November 17, 1989, but when the announcement was made, that had not been made clear, and the assumption was that travel could begin immediately. As huge crowds came to the wall, the handful of  guards at the checkpoints realized that the most sensible policy was to move that date forward a bit.

I’m adding a new source for public domain images in this post: the US Army. Here is its policy:

US Army Images

“Images on the Army Web site are cleared for release and are considered in the public domain. Request credit be given as “Photo Courtesy of U.S. Army” and credit to individual photographer whenever possible.”

Before

“A U.S. tank crew stands guard at Checkpoint Charlie in West Berlin in 1961 during one of several standoffs between U.S. personnel and East German police that year. The sign in the upper right of the photo bears the famous remark made by Walter Ulbricht, General Secretary of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany on June 15, 1961: ‘Niemand hat die Absicht, eine Mauer zu errichten — Nobody has any intention of building a wall.’ Two months later construction on the Berlin Wall began.” [US Army]

“Soldiers from the U.S. Army Berlin Command face off against police from the former East Germany during one of several standoffs at Checkpoint Charlie in 1961. On several occasions that year, a U.S. quick reaction force of tanks and infantry Soldiers stood watch as armed military policemen escorted U.S. personnel across the border into East Berlin.” [US Army]

The Wall Goes Up

“East German construction workers building the Berlin Wall, November 20, 1961.”

Photo/Caption Credit: National Archives

Aerial view of Berlin with yellow line denoting location of Berlin Wall. [NASA]

President John F. Kennedy mounts platform overlooking Berlin Wall.  06/26/1963 [ARC 194226]

The Wall Comes Down

A preserved portion of the Berlin Wall.  [CIA W Fb]

The US Army Checkpoint (Checkpoint Charlie); the former crossing point between East and West Berlin. [CIA W Fb]

Sections of the Berlin Wall on display at the US Air Force Museum. [USAF]

 

Note: Arc= National Archives, CIA W Fb=CIA World Factbook

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