Wednesday 7 December 2016

Germans remember their Wall of Shame victims

Stuart Braun

Published 13/08/2011 | 05:00

A man stands in front of a recreation of the famous Berlin Wall mural depicting Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev kissing
his East German communist counterpart Erich Honecker. Photo: REUTERS
A man stands in front of a recreation of the famous Berlin Wall mural depicting Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev kissing his East German communist counterpart Erich Honecker. Photo: REUTERS

GERMANY will, for the first time, throw the full weight of state approval behind an official ceremony today to mark the 50th anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall.

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The commemoration will be attended by Chancellor Angela Merkel and Christian Wulff, the country's president.

On August 13, 1961, the wall was built in haste across the heart of the divided city. The 87-mile barrier prevented almost all emigration between East and West. By some estimates, up to 1,200 people were killed trying to escape over the wall before it fell on November 9, 1989.

At an unprecedented act of remembrance, Mrs Merkel and Mr Wulff will mark not only those killed trying to cross the so-called Schandmauer or Wall of Shame, but also the Berlin families separated by the partition for a generation. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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