A Symbol Of Oppression For The German People Essay

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A symbol of oppression for the German people, the Berlin Wall was a barrier that separated the city of Berlin in both the physical and metaphorical form of the word. Officially designated the “Anti-Fascist Protection Rampart” by the government of the German Democratic Republic, the wall split the city of Berlin into two segments. One half was controlled by the Soviet Union and the other half of Berlin was administered by an alliance of the three Western allied powers, comprised of the United Kingdom, the United States and France. Claimed by the German Democratic Republic to be a defense against “fascist elements” that could undermine the construction of a socialist state, the wall’s real purpose was to prevent the defection of the citizens from the Warsaw Pact-aligned German Democratic Republic (East Germany) towards the NATO-aligned German Federal Republic (West Germany). From its inception in the June of 1961 to its termination in the autumn of 1989, the wall prevented almost all emigration to the West, separated families and brought about the deaths of many a hopeful few who hoped to escape to the other side.
Following the conclusion of the European Theatre of World War II, the remnants of Germany west of the Oder and Neisse Rivers, was split into four occupation zones, to be governed by the four allied powers that liberated Germany from the Nazi Regime. These four powers were the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, France and the United States. Within two years of the…

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