Berlin: 60th Anniversary of Construction of the Wall

Berlin has marked the 60th anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall. Mayor of Berlin Michael Müller said this was a day of commemoration.

Mayor Müller said: “The construction of the Berlin Wall had been an incisive event for our city and our country. There had been victims at the demarcation line in the heart of Berlin, but also in the surrounding region, as well as at the inner-German and the international borders. Like on every August 13th since 1961, this day was about commemorating the victims, including those who had suffered physical and mental harm during their attempts to flee to freedom”.

Ralf Wieland, the President of the Berlin House of Representatives, said what had happened 60 years ago almost sounded like a story from a different world. The construction of the Berlin Wall was one of the darkest chapters in the history of Berlin. With each year the Wall had been standing, the hope for a unified Berlin had faded more. Then, in 1989, the peaceful revolution had led to the fall of the Wall, reports Berlin Spectator.

Mayor Müller and Brandenburg’s First Minister Dietmar Woidke took part in two commemoration events.

 

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