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Berlin Wall Memorial

Today, students visited the Berlin Wall Memorial (Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer) on the infamous Bernauer Straße. Students were led by tour guides through the 1960's, 70's and 80's and learned about the different generations of the Berlin Wall. Students became more familiar with what the Berlin Wall meant for East Berliners and West Berliners. Students also learned the different tactics, in addition to the wall, that the East Germans used to keep their citizens from escaping into the democratic West Berlin. Finally, students were able to see the faces and hear some stories of those people who lost their lives trying to escape from East Berlin. This memorial has preserved part of the Berlin Wall in order to illustrate what times were like in a divided Berlin.IMG_8875
3rd Generation Berlin Wall

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One section of the memorial to the victims of the Berlin Wall

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Watch Tower

 

We still have a lot more to see of Berlin in a short amount of time! 

-Aaron Wilkinson, Program Leader

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