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Berlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection

Historical images of the Wall, a powerful and enduring symbol of the Cold War

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On August 13, 1961, overnight the Communist government of the German Democratic Republic (GDR, or East Germany) began to build a barbed wire and concrete wall between East and West Berlin. The wall included over 300 watchtowers, 106km of concrete and 66.5km of wire fencing completely surrounding West Berlin, preventing any access from East Germany. The official purpose was to keep Western “fascists” from entering East Germany and undermining the socialist state, but it primarily served the objective of stemming mass defections from East to West. On November 9, 1989, the head of the East German Communist Party announced that citizens of the GDR could cross the border whenever they pleased. That night, ecstatic crowds swarmed the wall with some crossing freely into West Berlin and others chipping away at the wall itself with hammers. In 1990 the Official demolition of the Berlin Wall begins undertaken by former East German border guards under a democratically elected government. The wall stood for nearly 30 years and to this day remains one of the most powerful and enduring symbols of the Cold War.

47 Items

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: Brandenburg Snowman

Brandenburg Snowman
25th December 1961: Two West Berlin policemen with their new American rapid fire rifles on duty with a snowman on Christmas Day in front of the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: Guard Tower, along the Berlin Wall, in Black and White, Berlin, Germany

Guard Tower, along the Berlin Wall, in Black and White, Berlin, Germany
A close up view in black and white on a part of the original Berlin Wall and watch tower, located in the city of Berlin, Germany

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: Berlin wall at winter with mist an nightlights

Berlin wall at winter with mist an nightlights

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: View over the Berlin Wall in 1985, towards the TV Tower at Alexanderplatz in East Berlin

View over the Berlin Wall in 1985, towards the TV Tower at Alexanderplatz in East Berlin, at night, Berlin, Germany, Europe

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: Germany, West Berlin, Checkpoint Charlie sign (B&W)

Germany, West Berlin, Checkpoint Charlie sign (B&W)
Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall), a039544

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: Mauerpark

Mauerpark
Former part of the Berlin Wall and its Death Strip

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: Brandenburg Gate panorama, Berlin, Germany - Stock image

Brandenburg Gate panorama, Berlin, Germany - Stock image
Brandenburg Gate panorama, Berlin, Germany, Unter Den Linden, West Berlin, Pariser Platz

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: Profile Typing

Profile Typing
1930: Police at a crime school in Berlin measuring a fellow students head. On the wall are examples of the different types of profiles encountered. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: Brandenburg Gate & Wall, West Berlin

Brandenburg Gate & Wall, West Berlin
May 1966: The Brandenburg Gate and wall in West Berlin For nearly three decades, the Berlin Wall encircled West Berlin, built by communist East German authorities ostensibly to protect the country

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: Lichtgrenze project lightening Berlin Wall

Lichtgrenze project lightening Berlin Wall
A row of lanterns installed on the river Spree bank, on the course of the former Berlin wall border near the German parliament in Berlin on November 5, 2014

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: Berlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall)

Berlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall)
Fine Art Storehouse Architecture: Berlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall)

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: View over the Berlin Wall in the winter of 1985, Bernauer Strasse with the Church

View over the Berlin Wall in the winter of 1985, Bernauer Strasse with the Church
1985, 80s, aged, architecture, avenue, avenues, before, belief, berlin, b, Berlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall), 130854931

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: Brandenburg Gate 1966

Brandenburg Gate 1966
May 1966: The famous landmark of the Brandenburg Gate stands just behind the Berlin Wall, inside Soviet controlled East Berlin. (Photo by John Waterman/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: View over the Berlin Wall in 1985, Martin Gropius Building on the west side, today s

View over the Berlin Wall in 1985, Martin Gropius Building on the west side, today s
1985, 80s, aged, architecture, as, avenue, avenues, berlin, between, blac, Berlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall), 130854927

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: Guards At Wall

Guards At Wall
Border guards on opposite sides of the Berlin Wall, viewed from western side. (Photo by Cleland Rimmer/Getty Images)

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg Gate
Brandenburger Tor (Berlin/Deutschland)

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: Berlin Wall Memorial

Berlin Wall Memorial
A closeup of the Berlin Wall memorial, made up of the remnants of a concrete barrier that physically divided the city of Berlin from 1961 to 1989

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: The Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall
East Side Gallery on the Berlin Wall, Berlin.Each panel of the wall is used for a story representing the thoughts and horrors the wall brought to the people of Berlin

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg Gate
November 1961: Barbed wire on the West side of the Brandenburg gate, put up as a Safety measure by the British. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: Gas Mask Man stands next to the Berlin Wall

Gas Mask Man stands next to the Berlin Wall
Man wearing gas mask and striped jersey looks at camera next to Berlin wall, arms crossed

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: Brandenburg Gate closed during period of Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany

Brandenburg Gate closed during period of Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: East And West

East And West
14th August 1961: Two little girls in a West German street chat with their grandparents in the window of their home in the eastern zone, separated only by a barbed wire barricade

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: Actual entrance to the American sector in Berlin

Actual entrance to the American sector in Berlin
This is the entry point to the american sector, today is a mayor tourist atraction and is on the border to the american sector of Berlin

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: The old ruins of Anhalter Station, Berlin

The old ruins of Anhalter Station, Berlin
Soccer field in front of the old ruins of the bombed station of Anhalter Bahnhof, in Berlin, Germany

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: Achtung

Achtung
A sign outside the Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Wall reading Attention! You are now leaving West Berlin. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: Brickwork, wall, with a no stopping sign, Berlin, Germany, Europe

Brickwork, wall, with a no stopping sign, Berlin, Germany, Europe

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: Marking on the ground showing the course of the former Berlin Wall, Government District, Berlin

Marking on the ground showing the course of the former Berlin Wall, Government District, Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: Potsdamer Platz

Potsdamer Platz
A section of the Berlin Wall in Potsdamer Platz, looking towards the east with Leipziger Platz on the other side, 20th November 1961. (Photo by FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: Berlin Wall

Berlin Wall
A view over the Berlin Wall into the eastern sector of the city, circa 1970. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: Peeping Tom

Peeping Tom
A boy stands on a coal scuttle to peer over the wall of a sports stadium in Berlin, 8th January 1951. (Photo by Keystone Features/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: Boxing Day In Berlin

Boxing Day In Berlin
A Christmas tree seen across the Berlin Wall from the East, 26th December 1989. (Photo by Steve Eason/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: Woman cycling by a part of the Berlin Wall

Woman cycling by a part of the Berlin Wall that still stands up. For nearly three decades, the Berlin Wall encircled West Berlin

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: View over the Berlin Wall in 1985, illuminated inner German border, known as the Death Strip

View over the Berlin Wall in 1985, illuminated inner German border, known as the Death Strip, with a guard tower and an uninhabited apartment block in the eastern part of Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: View over the Berlin Wall in 1985 with apartment buildings on both sides, Berlin, Germany, Europe

View over the Berlin Wall in 1985 with apartment buildings on both sides, Berlin, Germany, Europe

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: A cross for the fallen

A cross for the fallen
A Christian cross dedicated to the dead trying to scape crossing the Berlin Wall (Berliner Mauer) from the communist Germany (DDR) to the free part of Berlin

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: berlin wall and tv-tower schwarzweiA?A?

berlin wall and tv-tower schwarzweiA?A?

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: View over the Berlin Wall in 1985, detached house next to a watchtower adjacent to the inner

View over the Berlin Wall in 1985, detached house next to a watchtower adjacent to the inner German border, known as the Death Strip, Berlin, Germany, Europe

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: Gap in the Berlin Wall, Germany

Gap in the Berlin Wall, Germany

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: Walking the Berlin Wall

Walking the Berlin Wall
The former course of the Berlin Wall (Berliner Mauer), which split West and East Berlin from 1961 to 1989, in the citys Zimmerstrasse

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: A hole in the wall

A hole in the wall
A hole at the Berlin Wall (Berliner Mauer) revealing a piece of iron

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: View over the Berlin Wall in 1985, panorama of the inner German border, known as the Death Strip

View over the Berlin Wall in 1985, panorama of the inner German border, known as the Death Strip, canal and fields in the autumn mist, Berlin, Germany, Europe

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: Shadows of People and Umbrella

Shadows of People and Umbrella

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: Mirrored Berlin Wall

Mirrored Berlin Wall
Surreal abstract of The Berlin Wall. Its mirrored. The sun meets at the vanishinmg point. Strongly perspectivistic impression and symmetry

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: Original line of the Berlin Wall

Original line of the Berlin Wall

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: Gap in the Berlin Wall, Germany

Gap in the Berlin Wall, Germany

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: Hole in Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany

Hole in Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany

Background imageBerlin Wall (Antifascistischer Schutzwall) Collection: Graffiti (on the berlin wall)

Graffiti (on the berlin wall)


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