Remains of the Berlin Wall

Remains of the Berlin Wall (HM1S73)

Location: Berlin, Berlin 10117
Country: Germany
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N 52° 30.427', E 13° 22.961'

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(English text) The Berlin Wall was a worldwide symbol for the division of Germany after World War II and for the injustice and inhumanity of the communist system.

Construction began on August 13, 1961, on the orders of the GDR leadership. It formed a 150 kilometer long barrier sealing off East Berlin and East Germany from West Berlin. More than 2.6 million people had fled the GDR between October 1949 and August 1961, the big majority of them through West Berlin. The Wall was designed to halt this stream of refugees and make it impossible to cross the border unchecked.

The installation consisted of several sections: an "anterior wall" and a "hinderland wall", a border strip with service road watch towers and barrier fortifications. Over 150 people were shot down by GDR border patrols while attempting to cross it.

The impending collapse of the Soviet empire and the rapid growth of the GDR protest movement led to opening of the Wall on November 9, 1989. Soon afterwards the first sections of the barrier were torn down. Even before the official reunification of Germany on October 3, 1990, the Wall had largely disappeared from the Berlin cityscape.
HM NumberHM1S73
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Date Added Friday, May 13th, 2016 at 9:03am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)28U E 609766 N 5818672
Decimal Degrees52.50711667, 13.38268333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 52° 30.427', E 13° 22.961'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds52° 30' 25.62" N, 13° 22' 57.66" E
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Area Code(s)212
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1 Niederkirchnerstra├če, Berlin Berlin 10117, DE
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