It’s hard to believe that not so long ago half of Europe was once under communist control.
Tomorrow the German people celebrate the 25th anniversary of the demise of the Berlin Wall which was one of the more in your face expressions of human rights abuse committed by the Eastern bloc during the Cold War.
There isn’t much left of the wall anymore but before it was torn down it was formidable.
Initially built in 1961, the East German communist authorities called it the “antifascist bulwark”.
Before the wall fell, at least 171 people from East Berlin were killed trying to cross it in a bid to make it to freedom in the West.
According to History.com, the Berlin Wall consisted of two concrete barriers with a 160-yard “death strip” in between which included:
- Runs for guard dogs
- Flood lights
- Trip-wire machine guns
- Patrolling soldiers with orders to shoot escapees on sight
Within a year of the wall falling, Germany was a reunited country.
See the video above for more information about the wall and the 25th anniversary celebrations.