THE DEMOLITION OF THE WALL AND THE REAMAINS TODAY

Soon after the border opened, the demolition of the Wall began. So-called “wall peckers” broke off pieces as souvenirs. An increasing number of new border crossings were created, leaving behind large gaps in the Wall. Border soldiers began dismantling the signal fence and other elements of the border fortifications. Both the East German government and members of the border troops began considering ways to market the Wall. Pieces of the Wall were sold all over the world. In June 1990 the systematic dismantling of the border grounds began at Ackerstrasse, between the districts of Wedding und Mitte, and was for the most part complete by the end of the year. The first sections of the Wall were designated an historical monument in 1990.

Further information:

Link: Memorial Landscape Berlin Wall

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Demolition of the Wall at Bernauer Strasse, 1990, photo: R. Just, Berlin Wall Memorial

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Wall peckers in action
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