10 Things You Might Not Know About the Berlin Wall

#4.  Over 100 people died while crossing it

Official figures show that over 100 people died while attempting to cross the wall. People who attempted to move West from East were regarded as traitors and border guards were instructed to shoot them.

#5.  Over 5000 people escaped by going under and over the Berlin Wall

Just when East Germany had sealed the border, a 19-year-old border guard Corporal Conrad Schumann leapt over a 3-foot-high roll of barbed wire. As the wall grew more elaborate, so did escape plans. There were secret tunnels and some people even crawled through sewers. There have been incidents of spectacular escapes.

#6.  Official demolition came later

Although November 9, 1989 is known as the day the Berlin Wall fell, official demolition didn’t come until 13 June, 1990. During this time gap, border control still existed but was little less strict than before.

Get weekly updates in your inbox

Subscribe to our mailing list and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox.