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In 1952 East German authorities were erecting the wooden barrier that broke up the twin towns of Zicherie in the capitalist West and Boeckwitz in the communist East. Nearly a decade before the Berlin Wall went up, East Germany had started sealing off its main frontier with West Germany.
A citizen of East Berlin asks a woman of West Berlin to get something from a store at a divided street of Berlin on August 17, 1961. Supervised by armed forces of the GDR, the erection of roadbarriers and building of the Berlin Wall started on August 13, 1961.
Citizens from West Berlin examine the newly erected wall at the border of the Soviet sector.
Workers add layers of brick to the Berlin Wall on Bernauer Strasse where critical incidents had occurred almost every evening.
West Berliners wave to relatives in East Berlin one year after the Berlin Wall was erected at Bernauer Strasse in Berlin.
A view from top of the old Reichstag building shows the Brandenburg Gate, which marked the border in this divided city. The semi-circled wall around the Brandenburg Gate was erected by East German police.
East German border guards peer over the Berlin Wall with binoculars and a camera between Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Platz in the Tiergarten District of Berlin.
The body of a man shot by East Berlin border guards during his escape attempt across the border, is carried by East Berlin border guards.
The wall is seen behind an American sector border in the Kielufer district of Kreuzberg.
The Brandenburg Gate beyond the Berlin Wall.
The Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic were split into west and east by a walled 'iron curtain' from August 13, 1961, to the fall of the wall on November 9, 1989. Here German soldiers help take apart the Berlin Wall.
One day after the opening of the border, thousands of people celebrate on, in front of and behind Berlin Wall at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.
Germans from East and West stand on the Berlin Wall in front of the Brandenburg Gate one day after the wall was breached.
A West Berliner swings a sledgehammer, trying to destroy the Berlin Wall near Potsdamer Platz, on November 12, 1989, where a new passage was opened nearby.
Berliners sing and dance on top of The Berlin Wall to celebrate the opening of East-West German borders. Thousands of East German citizens moved into the West after East German authorities opened all border crossing points to the West.
Thousands of people pass through the checkpoint at Bernauer Strasse in Berlin on November 12, 1989. 28 years after the building of the Berlin Wall, millions of GDR citizens travelled to West Germany for a short visit after the opening of the inner German borders.
On December 22, crowds celebrate on the Berlin wall with banners and flags during the re-opening of the Brandenburg gate in Berlin.
A segment of the Berlin Wall is removed in December 1989. Since the opening of the border had been accidentally declared at a press conference by East German officials, more and more spots along the Berlin Wall were opened to make new border crossings.
Berlin schoolboys proudly show off bricks from the Berlin Wall which they found near the Brandenburg Gate following celebrations at the opening of the East German border to the West.
Now sections of the road and pavements are marked as a poignant reminder of where the wall once stood.
Parts of the wall and old watchtowers still remain as a lasting reminder of this significant, historic structure.
A before-and-after composite shows the Brandenburg Gate behind a concrete wall in 1962 and the same location, the Brandenburg Gate without the wall in October 2014.
Here the wall is pictured on Muehlenstrasse early in 1990 while the same location today is known as the East Side Gallery - a display panel for around 118 various artists to present their wall paintings on the edifice.