Berlin Wall Failures

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The fall of the Berlin Wall marked both the crumbling of communism and a new era for all citizens of Berlin. For a timespan of twenty-eight years the Berlin Wall stood as a cage, built not to keep people out, but to keep East Berliners in. With the Berlin Wall’s eradication, Germany would be reunited once more. The communist regime stood no longer, commencing a shaky start on the road to freedom. This was just another example of how communism would always fail.
The end of World War II resulted in Germany being divided into four “allied occupation zones,” as was decided at the conferences of Yalta and Potsdam. Each individual zone belonged to one of the main Allied powers: the United States, the USSR, Great Britain and France. The United States, Great Britain and France combined their territories, forming West Germany (also known as the Federal Republic of Germany). The USSR’s territory became the German Democratic Republic (East Germany). The city of Berlin was split in the same manner. East Berlin belonged to the USSR and West Berlin belonged to the Western Allies. This made things interesting, seeing as Berlin was located in East Germany ( Staff, 2009). Conflicts were quick to present themselves.
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The result was the London Program. Their main goals were to establish a Western government and a currency reform (The Cold War Museum, n.d.). The Soviets did not trust this one bit. On June 24, 1948, the Soviet Military Administration gave orders to block all railways, roads and canals leading into West Berlin. The Berlin Blockade was one of the first serious crises of the Cold War. In turn, the Berlin Airlift began as the United States and Great Britain were forced to airlift food, fuel and other supplies into Berlin. The Soviets eventually lifted the blockade on May 12, 1949 (The Berlin Airlift, 1948-1949,

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