Berlin Wall Research Paper

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The Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall Imagine being a teenage girl separated by a wall, without your family, friends, and sometimes food. How would you feel? Many people were greatly affected by The Berlin Wall. Waking up being separated by a wall was many people's everyday life.
Once the wall was built, people could not leave the side they were on. Germans could not visit friends or family on the other side of the wall. The Berlin Wall has and always will be the greatest symbol of the separation between free democracy and oppressed communism.
The Wall was approximately 12 feet tall with a mass of 4 feet. The Wall was topped with a pipe that made it impossible to climb over.
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It had sand, dogs, floodlights, trip-wire machine guns, and soldiers ready to shoot escapers from the wall.” (history.com/topics) The Berlin Wall was built for many reasons. One reason was because “the USSR launched a land barricade in West Berlin in an effort to force the West to abandon the city. Although a massive
Airlift by Britain and the United States kept West Berlin supplied with food and fuel, the Soviets ended the defeated blockade (history.com/this-day).” The Wall served as an objective mass from East and West Berlin. (history.com/topics) “Tensions grew when the United States, Britain, and France moved to unite their occupation zones into self-Government (history.com/this-day).” This government was also called the “Federal Germany”. The wall was built after Hitler committed suicide and the Russians began to take over Berlin.
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More than 2.6 million East Germans escaped during the time period of 1949-1961. “At least 171 people were killed trying to get over the wall and many more were injured. There were about five thousand successful escapes into West Berlin. Some different ways they tried to escape include jumping over the wall and leaping from windows. Many people then started to build underground long tunnels and ultra-flying lights. Four months after the wall was built, an engineer began to visualize a spotted gap in the barrier. Harry Deterling found an old run-down train track, and traveled over to West Berlin with his family. Once he got to West Berlin, he went to the Police Station and said “We have just escaped with a train”. Then the next day the railway was blocked. There was one horrible tragedy that happened on August 17 1962 when Peter Fechter was shot and left to die out in the wide open. Also, a 19 year old boy had always dreamed of becoming a scientist, but he was forced to be in a military he disliked. Unfortunately, many attempts to get over the wall were unsuccessful. (nationalcoldwar.org) In June 1987 President Ronald Reagan gave a speech at the wall. He said “tear down this wall”. On this day, more than 500,000 people demonstrated the presence of the United States President in

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