In 1989, Germans celebrated the fall of the Berlin Wall. Nearly 25 years later, some are fighting to keep it up. The longest remaining section of the infamous Cold War barricade that divided the German capital for decades is a 70-foot-long chunk that has served as an outdoor monument and art gallery since 1990. However, a luxury apartment development plan threatened to eradicate this historical landmark earlier this month. A stand-off between construction workers and throngs of protesters has temporarily halted work on the building project; however, the long-term preservation of the East Side Gallery remains to be seen. While waiting to find out the piece’s ultimate fate, be sure to check out the ipl2’s Berlin Wall resources!
New resources that will be added to the ipl2 are noted NEW! All other resources can already be found in the ipl2 collection.
Berlin Wall Online (find it on the ipl2)
This searchable site contains vast amounts of information on the Berlin Wall including a timeline, photographs with views of Checkpoint Charlie, escapes, wall art, and the wall’s demolition. You can also find facts about the wall and an extensive archive of documents (mostly in German). It also includes links and personal narratives.
The Berlin Wall (find it on the ipl2)
From Washington D.C.’s Newseum, this virtual exhibit tells the story of the Berlin Wall and explores how news coverage differed in East and West Berlin. Includes an essay, timeline (1945-1989), and information on censorship under Stalin.
The Wall (PBS) (find it on the ipl2)
This two-part documentary that first aired on PBS in June 2010 and January 2011 can now be streamed online for free. The first part examines life in a divided Berlin. The second part looks at the fall of the wall and the subsequent events leading up to a reunified Germany.
The Berlin Wall (Berlin.de) (find it on the ipl2)
Berlin’s official city website has an entire section dedicated to the Berlin Wall. Highlights include information about the wall’s location, border crossings, and present-day memorials, along with a facts and figures page and a wide variety of photos.
NEW! Berlin Wall Art
Photographer Edward Murray captured much of the Berlin Wall’s wild and wonderful graffiti on film. His site exhibits hundreds of these photos, grouped by geographic location. These primary source documents help convey a sense of the size of the structure as well as the artistry and political commentary of German graffiti artists of the time. Please note that the photographs are copyrighted by Mr. Murray and his permission should be sought in order to use or reproduce these photos.
NEW! Voices of U.S. Diplomacy and the Berlin Wall
Sponsored by the United States Diplomacy Center, this online exhibit provides an overview of the Berlin Wall’s history with an emphasis on American governmental reactions and involvement. An introductory video greets visitors, who can also find an archive of fascinating documents within the site.
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