The Berlin Wall was erected around the GDR and West Berlin, separating it from East Germany. In 1989, a wall collapsed as a result of non-violent uprising of the German people and significant political changes. In this issue we look back to remember this historic event that took place 20 years ago on November 9.
1. Aerial view of the divided Berlin, overlooking the Church of St. Thomas in the western part of the city the Berlin Wall in the East in 1981. (Keenpress, Getty Images)
2. During its existence from 1961 to 1989 Wall stopped almost all emigration and separated East Germany from the West more than a quarter century. In this image, the police in West Berlin is behind barbed wire in a large concrete wall at the Brandenburg Gate 23 November 1961. The Communists had just smashed screen, closes the wall. In the picture you can see how the material used for the construction of the wall, loaded on the other side of the concrete barrier. (AP)
3. Prior to the erection of the walls 3, 5 million people in East Germany escaped the restrictions on emigration and escaped into West Germany, many over the border between East and West Berlin. While in West Berlin was a real economic boom, part of which would be the residents of East Berlin. Residents get on the bus to look for the newly built Berlin Wall. (Keystone, Getty Images)
4. Due to the closure of the east-west border in Berlin a large number of East Germans could no longer travel or emigrate to West Germany. Many families were separated; East Berliners who worked in the western part, were cut off from their work places, and the people of West Berlin became isolated on hostile ground. Two girls on the streets of West Germany talk to their grandparents in the house in the eastern zone, separated barricade of barbed wire, August 14, 1961. (Keystone, Getty Images)