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10 Great Escapes Across The Berlin Wall

From The Huffington Post.

For 28 years, communist-controlled East Germany was cut off from the capitalist enclave of West Berlin by a barrier of concrete, barbed wire and heavily armed guards.

The first barricades of what would become the Berlin Wall sprung up in August 1961, after the number of East Germans leaving the GDR via West Berlin reached record heights. For the next three decades, the barrier would divide families and neighborhoods that once shared the city.

On Nov. 9, 1989, the wall came down almost as quickly as it had first appeared. When an East German official prematurely announced the opening of the border, thousands of elated East Germans headed to the Wall and started ripping it down piece by piece. British academic Timothy Garton Ash described the scene as “the greatest street party in the history of the world.” (read more)

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