10 Things You Might Not Know About the Berlin Wall

The symbol of cold war- the Berlin Wall separated communist East Germany from democratic West Germany. However, this iron curtain fell on the November 9, 1989 uniting the two Germany. But how much do you really know about the Berlin Wall?

Here are 10 things you might not know about the Berlin Wall.

#1.  The fall of wall happened by mistake

It all happened by a wrong announcement by East German politburo member Gunter Schabowski. In an interview he mentioned that restrictions on travel visas would be lifted. Upon further probing by the media, he grew more confused and media reported that border crossings had opened the Berlin Wall.

#2.  The Wall was erected more than 15 years into the cold war

Between 1949 and 1961, more than 2 million East Germans fled to West. The Eastern side had made a request to the Soviet Union to erect a wall in 1953 which was rejected. But with regular defections, a wall was finally erected. It started with barbed wire fencing being put in place on August 13, 1961. A few days later, the barrier was fortified with concrete.

#3.  It was actually made of two walls

Structure of Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall was actually two walls. There were two concrete walls separating East and West Germany. The 160-yard distance between the two walls was known as the “death strip”. It contained guard dogs, numerous watchtowers and trip-wire machine guns.

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