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Soviet soldiers guard the barbed wire, that would become the Berlin Wall, trapping the Brandenburg Gate behind it. On August 1961

Checkpoint Charlie, probably shortly after the Wall went up, and given the sand bags and guns, possibly during the crisis in October of 1961

The cold war restricted free speech on both sides.The west claimed to be the custodians of freedom and democracy but McCarthyism ensured free thinking or speech was effectively non-existent when it came to ideological dissent.

This Day In Berlin Brigade History – 17 AUG 87 | BerlinBrigade.com

Rudolph Hess: The Nazi Who Flew to Britain in 1941 to try to Make a Peace Deal

June 24, 1948 – Start of the Berlin Blockade: the Soviet Union makes overland travel between West Germany and West Berlin impossible

The Berlin Blockade June 1948 – 12 May was one of the first major international crises of the Cold War

Berlin Wall Comes Down - The date on which the Wall fell is considered to have been 9 November 1989 but the Wall in its entirety was not torn down immediately. Starting that evening and in the days and weeks that followed, people came to the wall with sledgehammers or otherwise hammers and chisels to chip off souvenirs, demolishing lengthy parts of it in the process and creating several unofficial border crossings.

East Berlin border guards stand atop the Berlin Wall in front of the Brandeburg Gate in this November 1989 file photo.

Berlin, Karl-Marx-Allee, Winter  Zentralbild Koard Ho 21.11.1965 Berlin im Winterkleid Morgendlicher Spaziergang durch die weiße Karl-Marx-Allee.

Berlin, Karl-Marx-Allee, Winter Zentralbild Koard Ho 21.11.1965 Berlin im Winterkleid Morgendlicher Spaziergang durch die weiße Karl-Marx-Allee.

Construction of the Berlin Wall, 1961; East German construction workers, supervised by border guards, building the Berlin Wall. During the Cold War, the physical barrier of the Berlin Wall came to symbolise the ideological divisions between Communist Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies and the western democracies of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation).

East German construction workers, supervised by border guards, building the Berlin Wall, 1961

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West German construction workers have a chat in West Berlin, April 1967 beside the wall separating the city.

Berlin, 1945 ★

An elderly man sits among the ruins after the Battle of Berlin, May 1945 - dramatic black and white.

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