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Berlin Wall Built (1961): Just past midnight during the night of August 12-13, 1961, East German soldiers and construction workers headed to the border of West and East Berlin. While most Berliners were sleeping, the workers quickly constructed a barrier made of concrete posts and barbed wire along the border.  When Berliners did finally wake, they found themselves stuck on whichever side of the border they had fallen asleep on.

Berlin 1961 Berlin Wall Berlin Wall at Zimmerstrasse/Markgrafenstrasse West Berliners watching over the Wall to the East (c) 2001 Heiko Burkhardt

Berliner Schloss Demolition, November 1950.

Berliner Schloss Demolition, November 1950.

Berlin-Charlottenburg, 1958. Überall wird gebaut, auch vor dem Bahnhof Zoo. Rechts ist das Schimmelpfeng-Haus zu sehen, links der Zoobogen (1956 begann der Bau; Kosten: 24 Millionen D-Mark). Heute wird er gemeinsam mit dem Bikini-Komplex vermarktet. Das Haus trägt auch den Namen "Huthmacher", weil sich dort einst ein gleichnamiges Café befand. 1983, das nur am Rande, wurde im 60-Meter-Turm die erste McDonald's-Filiale der Stadt eröffnet.

Berlin-Charlottenburg, 1958. Überall wird gebaut, auch vor dem Bahnhof Zoo. Rechts ist das Schimmelpfeng-Haus zu sehen, links der Zoobogen (1956 begann der Bau; Kosten: 24 Millionen D-Mark). Heute wird er gemeinsam mit dem Bikini-Komplex vermarktet. Das Haus trägt auch den Namen "Huthmacher", weil sich dort einst ein gleichnamiges Café befand. 1983, das nur am Rande, wurde im 60-Meter-Turm die erste McDonald's-Filiale der Stadt eröffnet.

Hallesches Tor, Belle-Alliance-Platz und, im Hintergrund, die Friedrichstraße (Kreuzberg), 1894. Foto: Robert Prager.

Mehringplatz, photo: Robert Prager, 1894 There was a time when Berlin was a kingly residence, a time of Prussian glory.

The buildings seen in this picture of East Berlin, taken from an observation platform in Bernauer Strasse in the West in 1980 still remain, although they have been painted. Trams now run along the site where the wall once stood.

Photo combinations show how Berlin has changed

Top: A view of East Berlin, taken from an observation platform in Bernauer Strasse, West Berlin in (AP Photo/Elke Bruhn Hoffman) Bottom: Trams crossing the area of former Berlin Wall at Bernauer Strasse in Berlin, Oct.

Photographer Stefan Koppelkamm first photographed East Germany in 1990 after the fall of the Berlin Wall but before the reunification. He revisited the same locations a decade later, and rephotographed them from exactly the same viewpoints to document the drastic social and economic transformations that came about during the time between the photos.

Photographs of East Germany Locations Captured Decades Apart

Photographer Stefan Koppelkamm first photographed East Germany in 1990 after the fall of the Berlin Wall but before the reunification. He revisited the same locations a decade later, and rephotographed them from exactly the same viewpoints to document the drastic social and economic transformations that came about during the time between the photos.

1945 Central Hotel und Wintergarten Ruine in der Friedrichstrasse

Germany Berlin American sector: view of the destroyed building which formerly housed the Wintergarten Variete - undated - Photographer: Martin Badekow - Vintage property of ullstein bild

Karstadt am Hermannplatz Berlin 1930er

Karstadt am Hermannplatz Berlin 1930er

Berlin in alten Bildern - Seite 41 - Berlin - Architectura Pro Homine

Berlin 1945 Am Auguste-Viktoria-Platz.

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