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1961 | BUILDING THE WALL ON ZIMMERSTRASSE AT THE CORNER OF MARKGRAFENSTRASSE

1961 Building of the wall at the corner of Zimmerstraße and Markgrafenstraße

Photo: Berlin Wall Foundation / Michael-Reiner Ernst

Since August 13,1961, the GDR has had the sector border in Berlin closed with barbed wire rolls, all connections between east and west are cut off. The next few weeks will see the construction of a wall of concrete elements, which, as here along Zimmerstraße in Kreuzberg, will initially have a low height. Metal deflectors with barbed wire serve as protection against climbing over the wall.

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