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Stasiland by Anna Funder VCE English: Berlin Wall

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Official film of Berlin Wall Memorial

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.

What was the Berlin Wall?


Berlin Wall, former barrier
surrounding West Berlin
and symbol of the Cold War,
built on August 13, 1961

President Kennedy's Speech

President Reagans speech to the Russians

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.


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Map Berlin Wall

Fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years on.

Fall of the Berlin Wall: 25 years on

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.

Fall of the Berlin Wall

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 -Film

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.


Checkpoint Charlie