History UsefulNotes / BerlinWall

14th Mar '17 3:41:33 PM Doughdoughbird
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->''"Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"''
-->-- '''UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan''', Speech at the Brandenburg Gate, 06/12/1987
28th Jan '17 10:43:02 AM Jhonny
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West Berlin, the western half of the German capital city, was an isolated Western exclave inside Eastern Europe.

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West Berlin, the western half of the German capital city, was an isolated Western exclave inside Eastern Europe. \n However, technically speaking West Berlin did '''not''' belong to West Germany which could be seen by such things as the draft (you ''could not'' serve in the German military as a West Berlin resident, even if you wanted to) or federal elections (Berlin sent non-voting delegates to the ''Bundestag'' that were appointed by the West-Berlin parliament rather than elected by the people)
27th Jan '17 9:44:06 PM wittylibrarian
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-->'''Jonathan''': Am I in West Berlin now?/
'''American military guard''': You sure are./
'''Jonathan''' (turns towards East Berlin and gives it the finger): FUCK... YOU!!! (smiles at the guard) Good night. (storms off angry)/

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-->'''Jonathan''': Am I in West Berlin now?/
now?\\
'''American military guard''': You sure are./
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'''Jonathan''' (turns towards East Berlin and gives it the finger): FUCK... YOU!!! (smiles at the guard) Good night. (storms off angry)/angry)\\
27th Jan '17 9:43:31 PM wittylibrarian
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-->'''Jonathan''': Am I in West Berlin now?//
'''American military guard''': You sure are.//
'''Jonathan''' (turns towards East Berlin and gives it the finger): FUCK... YOU!!! (smiles at the guard) Good night. (storms off angry)//

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-->'''Jonathan''': Am I in West Berlin now?//
now?/
'''American military guard''': You sure are.//
/
'''Jonathan''' (turns towards East Berlin and gives it the finger): FUCK... YOU!!! (smiles at the guard) Good night. (storms off angry)//angry)/
27th Jan '17 9:42:43 PM wittylibrarian
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* The 1985 spy film ''Film/Gotcha'' where college student played by Anthony Edwards gets seduced by a mysterious East European woman (Linda Fiorentino) into traveling to East Berlin. His attempt to get back into West Berlin - going through a humiliating body search at Checkpoint Charlie - is one of the funnier moments in the movie:
-->'''Jonathan''': Am I in West Berlin now?//
'''American military guard''': You sure are.//
'''Jonathan''' (turns towards East Berlin and gives it the finger): FUCK... YOU!!! (smiles at the guard) Good night. (storms off angry)//
'''American guard''': Man, I've been wanting to do that for the last six months.
12th Nov '16 9:45:13 AM shawnvw
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West Berlin, the western half of the German capital city, was an isolated Western exclave inside Eastern Europe.
16th Oct '16 1:50:39 AM Morgenthaler
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Bits of it ended up all over the world, including at UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan's Presidential Library in Simi Valley, UsefulNotes/{{California}}, UsefulNotes/GeraldFord's Presidential Library (we're asking the same question) in Grand Rapids, UsefulNotes/{{Michigan}}, the gardens of UN Headquarters in New York City, the Newseum in WashingtonDC, next to the Baker Institute at Rice University, and in Seoul, the capital of ''another'' country divided in two by a "wall" of sorts, even to this day.

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Bits of it ended up all over the world, including at UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan's Presidential Library in Simi Valley, UsefulNotes/{{California}}, UsefulNotes/GeraldFord's Presidential Library (we're asking the same question) in Grand Rapids, UsefulNotes/{{Michigan}}, the gardens of UN Headquarters in New York City, the Newseum in WashingtonDC, UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC, next to the Baker Institute at Rice University, and in Seoul, the capital of ''another'' country divided in two by a "wall" of sorts, even to this day.
20th Sep '16 8:50:55 AM LondonKdS
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Finally, the Wall isn't just still in human heads - a biological research project in the early 21st century revealed that the boundaries of the territories of deer herds in the Harz Mountains still followed the line of the "inner German border", which passed through the region, even though no physical trace of the border remained.
17th Sep '16 4:12:14 AM SilentHunterUK
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* Friedrichstraße station, which also served as the border crossing point for long-distance trains crossing from West Berlin and by extension the West. This facility became a positive maze of corridors as people navigated their way between the areas for 'western trains' or transited to the other side for East Berlin or trains further on. The border crossing became known as the Tränenpalast or "Palace of Tears" as it was where Western visitors would say goodbye to those not permitted to cross.
** The 'Western' side of the platforms also held an Intershop - the East German duty free shops designed to part travellers (and East Germans after 1974 when they were allowed to possess foreign currency) from their hard currency as the East German mark was not accepted, selling higher quality goods than available elsewhere. The Intershop here allowed West Berliners to buy these goods i.e. alcohol and tobacco without going through the border and hop straight back on a train... although West German customs would sometimes conduct checks on the other side.


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There were also a number of 'spy doors' that the East German intelligence agencies used to sneak operatives into and out of West Berlin - such as at Friedrichstraße station, where the warren of corridors made it easy to get someone around the border checkpoints and onto the platforms for West Berlin trains.
7th Sep '16 1:12:25 AM Morgenthaler
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* Going over it. One escape involving a hot air balloon was successful, yet very dangerous. Another attempt featuring a home-made motorized aircraft (using among others a butchered motorcycle) failed; TheStasi got them first. Another time, a brother of three escaped via a home-made zip-line, and later picked up his brothers with a private plane with fake Soviet colorings from an inner-Berlin ''city park''.

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* Going over it. One escape involving a hot air balloon was successful, yet very dangerous. Another attempt featuring a home-made motorized aircraft (using among others a butchered motorcycle) failed; TheStasi UsefulNotes/TheStasi got them first. Another time, a brother of three escaped via a home-made zip-line, and later picked up his brothers with a private plane with fake Soviet colorings from an inner-Berlin ''city park''.
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