Early Days of the Berlin Wall

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I recently turned up these images from a source in Germany. They are part of a collection of 30-odd photographs taken in the 1960s of the Berlin Wall along Bernauer strasse; a place that would become one of the most famous parts of the wall and today is the site of the Berlin Wall visitor’s centre.

The wall at this stage is just a barrier and not quite the obstacle and sophisticated network that it was in later years. There are no watch towers and much of the ‘wall’ looks to be very temporary indeed.

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One photograph shows a memorial to Olga Segler (below). Olga was eighty years old in 1961 and lived on the East side of Bernauer Strasse. She escaped by jumping out of a window but injured her back in the fall and died next day. A memorial, one of many to the victims of the Berlin Wall, was placed on the street soon afterwards.

 

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~ by sommecourt on 15/11/2011.

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