The Fall of the Berlin Wall

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Erick Fimbo
Jan Gane
English 1050-028
November 15, 2013
The Fall of the Berlin Wall
For twenty-eight years, the Berlin Wall separated friends, families, and a nation. Between 1961 and 1989, the Wall was one of the most striking and distinctive features of Berlin. The Berlin Wall was a border security installation built by the German Democratic Republic (GDR) on August 12, 1961. The Wall was to protect the GDR from aggressive acts by the west. In reality, the Wall functioned as a barrier to stem the huge migration of skilled laborers to West Berlin and the entire Western Germany. During the standing of this Wall, the people from East and West Berlin had no interaction with each other, and this brought pains and poverties in both sides
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According to Kelly, President John F. Kennedy being a new leader of one of the superpowers countries “eager to prove” how powerful he is to the Americans and the Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev as “a strong, steadfast leader who would stand firm for Allied interests in Berlin,” President Kennedy refused to come to an agreement with Khrushchev’s conditions (2). Kelly added that “Kennedy’s Bullheadedness spurred on angry threats from Khrushchev who exclaimed that United States was crazy if it wanted to chance a war with the Soviet Union over Berlin” (2). The deal of going to the war with East Germany in which nuclear bombs were the focused of the war “worried Kennedy” concerning the innocent citizens of both countries. Therefore, the President admitted that “it would be a grave moral lapse to risk the lives of millions of Americans simply to preserve Allied access rights in West Berlin” (2). Kelly confirmed that later on United States understood the severe of the circumstances and it was better for it to “take a softer stance” and considered the “weight of Soviet threats” (2).
According to Kelly, the constant migration of thousands East Berliners to West Berlin became a huge problem to the Soviet government. There were significant shortage of skilled laborers and citizens in order to keep the economics running (4). He also pointed out that when United States failed to come to an agreement with the Soviet Union, this also brought

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