The Berlin Wall Essay

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The Berlin Wall

Today people belong to the CNN generation. Any time an event happens in the world today people turn to CNN. In recent years, the Gulf War, and the events in Bosnia have been headliners. In 1989, one event monopolized the airways of
CNN, THE FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL. I remember seeing this, and thinking how little I knew about this event. The fall of the Berlin Wall succeeded in one aspect that today is still not been rectified; The Berlin Wall divided Berlin into two very distinctively different cities. These cities both developed differently. Even after the wall was destroyed eight years ago the city still remained divided, and is still divided today. Following World War II, the allies had begun this
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These questions all center around the aspect of Berlin becoming Two cities following World War II. Berlin, eight years after the fall of the illustrious wall is now busy rebuilding and redefining itself. Since my initial visit I have returned to see friends every other year. The city is no longer restricted by its cold war status as the symbolic dividing line between East and West. Berlin is the new political, cultural, and architectural capital of Germany and is quickly becoming one of the key business centers in all of
Europe. Before Hitler came to power and lost World War II, Berlin had enjoyed this status. The German government hopes today to groom Berlin as a possible capital of the new European Union. They are grooming there economy, and the city to be the focal point.

BACKGROUND

After World War II Berlin, was badly damaged during the war, unlike World
War I. The Soviet Union wanted to bring the war to German soil. The Soviets harbored many hard feelings toward the German people. The city was surrounded by the German Democratic Republic/East Germany, and was partitioned into East
Berlin and West Berlin. The city was in the Soviet sector of the post-war division.
But the capital too was divided among the victorious allies, to keep the capital with democratic ideals. The divided city not only symbolized the collapse of the German Empire, of which it was the capital, but also became a focus of cold-war tensions

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