East German Authorities close the border between east and west Berlin and Construction of the Berlin Wall begins.

East German Authorities close the border between east and west Berlin and Construction of the Berlin Wall begins.

The last parade of the Armed Forces of the German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany) in 1989 - celebrating the 40th anniversary of the republic.

The last parade of the Armed Forces of the German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany) in 1989 - celebrating the 40th anniversary of the republic.

Bustling: The Berlin Wall was built by East Germany in 1961, and the top image shows the wall around the Brandenburg Gate on Nov 19, 1961. Today the same area is filled with cars, buses and people moving freely around the German capital.

Photo combinations show how Berlin has changed

Bustling: The Berlin Wall was built by East Germany in 1961, and the top image shows the wall around the Brandenburg Gate on Nov 19, 1961. Today the same area is filled with cars, buses and people moving freely around the German capital.

Magnum Photos — Thomas Hoepker — EAST GERMANY. The streets of medieval Mehlhausen's old city center in Thuringia are adorned with flags.

Magnum Photos — Thomas Hoepker — EAST GERMANY. The streets of medieval Mehlhausen's old city center in Thuringia are adorned with flags.

east german stasi cold war | East Germany lived under the shadow of the dreaded Stasi (the German ...

east german stasi cold war | East Germany lived under the shadow of the dreaded Stasi (the German ...

Credit:  Thomas Hoepker East Berlin apartment blocks in 1975, with poster showing leader Erich Honecker.

Vintage Berlin - in pictures

Credit: Thomas Hoepker East Berlin apartment blocks in 1975, with poster showing leader Erich Honecker.

Where the Berlin Wall once stood. Brandenburg Gate and Pariser Platz taken from West Berlin, Germany.

Where the Berlin Wall once stood. Brandenburg Gate and Pariser Platz taken from West Berlin, Germany.

A young West German girl points to a large hole in the Berlin Wall,1989

How one in five Germans wish the Berlin Wall had never fallen

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