The Berlin wall, erected on 13 August 1961 by the communist regime in East Germany divided not only the city but families and friends. We’d like to document the effect the wall had on those living and working in Berlin at the time but also the changes that have happened for people, on both sides of the wall, since it came down.
Berlin Wall in Google Street View
Berlin’s modern face – glass skyscrapers, busy roads, overgrown lots – shows little trace of its old scar. Our Street View expert takes us back to Checkpoint Charlie, the death strip ... and the wall’s glorious fall, 25 years ago this coming 9 November
|August 1961: Military water trucks with high-pressure hoses are lined up by the Brandenburg Gate|
|23 August 1961: American troops and tanks occupy the border sector at Friedrichstrass|
|4 December 1961: Friedrichstrasse crossing point, which became known as Checkpoint Charlie. American soldiers watch as construction workers, heavily guarded by East German security forces, build a massive stone barricade|
1963: The wall along Bernauer Street blocks the entrance to a church in East Berlin
1963: In East Berlin looking north into Potsdamer Platz