Archive - November 9th 2019, 30 Years Since the Fall of the Berlin Wall
The Berlin Wall stretched over a hundred miles. It ran not only through the centre of Berlin, but also wrapped around West Berlin, entirely cutting West Berlin off from the rest of East Germany.
By 1989 it had been transformed into an 80 meter wide no-man’s-land, with an additional inner wall, soldiers patrolling with dogs, a raked ground that showed footprints, anti-vehicle trenches, electric fences, light systems, watchtowers, bunkers, and minefields.
There had been signs in 1988 and 1989 that the Communist bloc was weakening, as Communism began to falter in Poland, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia....