The Berlin Wall
On August 13th, 1961 began the reconstruction of the Berlin Wall. The purpose of the wall was to keep western "fascists" from entering East Germany and undermining the socialist state, but its main objective was stopping the mass defections from the East to the West. The wall helped stop the flow of the East refugees. Hundreds of people were killed while trying to get through the wall. The Berlin Wall continued to stand until November 9th, 1989 when the East Germany communist party decided to tear it down and allow any of the citizens of the GDR to walk where they please. President John F. Kennedy believed that wall was a whole lot better than a war. In June 1986, Khrushchev warned president John F. Kennedy that he would blockade western Berlin, a bad act would happen. This wall was important because it kept the people from having a war. But it sadly did cause a lot of deaths and injuries too.
The Berlin Wall Facts
- At least 171 people died while trying to escape through the wall.
- Over 5,000 people figured a way to get over the wall by jumping through windows that were adjacent to the wall.
- The Berlin Wall was autually two walls connected.
- John F. Kennedy was relieved when the Berlin Wall was distroyed.
- Random pieces of the wall was auctioned off and can be found all over the world.