The Shadow Of The Berlin Wall Essay

1413 Words Dec 9th, 2015 6 Pages
Life in the Shadow of the Berlin Wall The defining symbol of the Cold War was built on August 13, 1961. The world was still regaining its strength after the traumatic events of World War II. The country of Germany was divided between the four major allies the United States, Great Britain, France, and the Soviet Union (Dearden). The city of Berlin, which during the time of World War II was the capital of Nazi Germany, was divided amongst all of the allies even though Berlin is located in East Germany. A democratic government that supported capitalism was set up in West Berlin, while East Berlin adopted a strict communist government. The people of East Berlin fled to West Berlin in search of a life free of the Soviet Union’s communist government, however they were shut in by a massive barrier, known as the Berlin Wall, which came to symbolize communist oppression in Berlin. During the 1950’s and the 1960’s people from East Berlin would flock to West Berlin in order to escape communist oppression. The people leaving came from all walks of life, including the intelligent people and the skilled laborers causing a large hit to the economy of East Berlin. 2.5 million people in East Berlin fled to West Berlin, causing devastating effects in East Berlin (Dearden). It became clear to the political leaders of East Berlin that the only way to stop the loss of their people was to trap them in their own city. The Berlin Wall was built to stop the depletion of political and economic…

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