The berlin wall (german: berliner mauer) was a barrier constructed by the german democratic republic (gdr, east germany) starting on 13 august 1961, that completely cut off (by land) west berlin from surrounding east germany and from east berlin the barrier included guard towers placed along. The berlin wall (german: berliner mauer) was a barrier that divided berlin from 1961 to 1989  constructed by the german democratic republic (gdr, east germany), starting on 13 august 1961, the wall completely cut off (by land) west berlin from surrounding east germany and from east berlin until government officials opened it. The barrier cut through 192 streets (97 between east and west berlin and 95 between west berlin and east germany), 32 railway lines, eight s-bahns, and four underground train lines, three autobahns (freeways), and several rivers and lakes on the waterways, the wall consisted of submerged railings under constant surveillance by patrol boat. June 12, 1987, upon a pulpit aimed at the west german crowd, with speakers aimed over the booby-trapped explosives and barbed-wire fence to the east german side, president reagan began to deliver a gotterdammerung of a speech.
By john m metzler united nations — a quarter of a century ago, the joshua trumpet of freedom sounded and the berlin wall came tumbling down naturally, this allegory was slightly more complicated as the epic political events that led to the fall of the wall on november 9, 1989 were long in coming, but nonetheless not at all. The berlin wall was a barrier constructed by the german democratic republic (gdr, east germany) starting on 13 august that completely cut off (by land) west berlin from surrounding east germany and from east berlin. Berlin airlift for 30 years, the berlin wall was the defining symbol of the cold war, separating families and keeping the people from jobs and opportunity in. Beyond the freedom merely of this city of berlin, or your country of germany, to the advance of freedom everywhere, beyond the wall to the day of peace with justice, beyond yourselves and ourselves to all mankind.
Two years after the construction of the berlin wall, president kennedy delivers his famous i am a berliner (ich bin ein berliner) speech on june 26, 1963, in front of the city hall in west berlin. The subject of this speech was an appeal to soviet union general secretary mikhail gorbachev to tear down this wall the wall refers to the berlin wall — the physical barrier between west and east germany, as well as the symbolic barrier between two political ideologies: democracy and communism. The most visible aspect of the cold war was the berlin wall and the wall the communists built between east and west germany until 1961, east berliners and other east germans could take a subway car to flee to fleet to west berlin and on to west germany. John f kennedy: ich bin ein berliner (1963) john fitzgerald kennedy (may 29, 1917 – november 22, 1963), often referred to by his initials jfk, was the 35th president of the united states he served from 1961 until his assassination in 1963.
Where four decades ago there was rubble, today in west berlin there is the greatest industrial output of any city in germany--busy office blocks, fine homes and apartments, proud avenues, and the spreading lawns of parkland. Reagan at the brandenburg gate the choice of the brandenburg gate speech for analysis is an appropriate one the address is most remembered for reagan's line addressed to mikhail gorbachev to tear down this [the berlin] wall. Kennedy aimed to underline the support of the united states for west germany 22 months after soviet-supported east germany erected the berlin wall to prevent mass emigration to the west the message was aimed as much at the soviets as it was at berliners and was a clear statement o.
The berlin wall (german: berliner mauer) was a physical barrier separating west berlin from the german democratic republic (gdr) (east germany), including east berlin the longer inner german border demarcated the border between east and west germany. Berlin (ap) — the berlin wall fell 25 years ago on sunday, a key event in the collapse of communism and the preface to germany's reunification in 1990 the anniversary is being celebrated in berlin with concerts, speeches and the release in the evening of thousands of balloons illuminating a 15. Berlin wall explained the berlin wall (german: berliner mauer, in german pronounced as /bɛʁˈliːnɐ ˈmaʊ̯ɐ/) was a guarded concrete barrier that physically and ideologically divided berlin from 1961 to 1989 constructed by the german democratic republic (gdr, east germany), starting on 13 august 1961, the wall cut off (by land) west berlin from virtually all of surrounding east germany.
When president kennedy spoke at the city hall those 24 years ago, freedom was encircled, berlin was under siege and today, despite all the pressures upon this city, berlin stands secure in its liberty and freedom itself is transforming the globe. The berlin wall fell on november 9th 1989 – here are ten crucial quotes about the infamous cold war barrier a symbol of not just german but also international importance, the berlin wall became one of the focal points of the cold war. Even the two greatest speeches at the wall - john kennedy's and ronald reagan's - were more exhortations than expectations and then communism fell, and with it so did the berlin wall, a 12-foot-high barrier that separated east from west, warsaw pact from nato, privation from prosperity, expressionless conformity from artistic and political.
The berlin wall divided east berlin and west berlin for 28 years, from 1961 until november 1989 typical for totalitarian states, the east german government declared the wall to be a necessary defense against western aggression in reality, the wall was intended to stop east germans from seeking freedom in the west in 1962, a second barrier. The fourth version of the berlin wall, constructed from 1975 to 1980, was the most complicated and thorough it consisted of concrete slabs reaching nearly 12-feet high (36 meters) and 4-feet wide (12 meters) it also had a smooth pipe running across the top to hinder people from scaling it. Both had visited berlin and spoke memorable speeches protesting the wall both portraits feature the text of the most famous soundbites from their speeches in his unfortunately phrased german, president kennedy announced .