The Berlin Wall And The End Of The Wall

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The Berlin Wall was a fortification established in 1961 in order to separate East Berlin from West Berlin. The wall separated people from their work, home, and family, and the results were devastating. The events that surrounded the destruction of the wall proved that men seek freedom by nature. Many parallels can be drawn from the fall of the wall in 1989 to the end of the embargo that the United States had on Cuba for roughly half a century. Germany was split four ways (see picture to the left) between the United States, France, Britain, and the Soviet Union after World War II. The United States, France, and Britain controlled West Germany and West Berlin in a democracy. Whereas, the Soviet Union controlled East Germany and East Berlin with communism. “About 2.5 million” people fled from East to West Germany between the years of “1949 and 1961.” In Germany the U.S.S.R. built a wall that surrounded West Berlin. The wall was built because they feared that the loss of more people would “threaten” their economy. The wall “symbolized the difference between [how] western democrats and eastern communists” (C., R., & S., 2012) believed that the country should be run. In Germany the USSR built a wall that surrounded West Berlin. They built this wall because they feared too many people were fleeing East Berlin and even East Germany for the freedoms in West Berlin. (History Channel, n.d.), (History , n.d.).
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