The Berlin Wall Memorial along Bernauer Strasse is a place where traces of the former border strip have been preserved and victims are given the respect they deserve. Here history can be experienced and dictatorship confronted, sending out a strong message of courage and hope to the world.
In one of his most famous Cold War speeches, U.S. President Ronald Reagan challenged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on June 12, 1987, to tear down the Berlin Wall.
THE RISE AND FALL OF THE
Part A: Factual Information
(a) Provide three facts about the building of the Berlin Wall and explain why you find each of them amazing.
(b) Write a paragraph describing a method of escape from
(c) List three other methods people used to escape from
(d) Provide a map showing how
(e) Find out when President Kennedy delivered his famous speech to the Berlin people and what he said. Explain the double meaning in his line.
(f) Find out what President Reagan’s famous words were to the Russian leader Gorbachev in
(g) Provide three facts about the fall of the Berlin Wall and explain why each is of interest.
(h) Draw and label a diagram of the Wall. Include height, length, width, anything else of interest.
(i) Provide three facts about the consequences of the Wall on the people of
Part B: Imaginative Responses
Choose two of the tasks below and write an imaginative response of 200-250 words in English for each one. Think carefully about suitable presentation for your chosen options.
1. You are the Berlin Wall. Describe what you have seen and heard over your lifetime.
3. It is the year 1978 and you are one of the characters from the film Night Crossing. Create a blog of your
experiences leading up to your escape from
4. The Berlin Wall has recently been built and your parents are scheming to escape to
5. Make a model of a section of the Berlin Wall. Provide an explanation of how and when the Wall was built, the materials used and the measures put in place to stop people escaping. (100 words only + model)
6. Design your own task in consultation with your teacher. You may decide to use Moviemaker or Photo-story to present your work. Alternatively, you may do an oral presentation to the class.
November 9, 2014, marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, when East Germany met West Germany and citizens were allowed to cross the border freely for the first time in 28 years.
Families and friends were reunited and one journalist described the celebrations as "the greatest street party in the history of the world."
Here Victorian News Presenter Ian Henderson recalls covering this historic moment.
Unable to halt the headlong exodus of its population through ‘third states’, the East German regime concedes its citizens the right to leave. The Berlin Wall is effectively history. In the coming days, East Berliners destroy it with their own hands.
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Night Crossing is a 1982 Disney film starring John Hurt and Beau Bridges. The film is based on the true story of the Strelzyk and Wetzel families, who on September 16, 1979 escaped from East Germany.