7 Historical Photos of the Berlin Wall 1961 – 1989

Today 54 years ago people of Berlin woke up in a divided city. In the early morning hours East German border police had secured the border line between the East and West Berlin sector and workers had begun zu build the actual wall.

I took the opportunity to update the Berlin Wall page of nuBerlin – and to look for some historical photos of the Berlin Wall. Here is a selection of what I found:

Berlin Wall was built 1961

border patrol securing Brandenburg Gate when the Berlin Wall was built on 13 August 1961 – photo by Steffen Rehm (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

John F. Kennedy at the Berlin Wall / Wall Brandenburg Gate, 1963

John F. Kennedy at the Berlin Wall / Wall Brandenburg Gate, 1963 – Photo by Robert Knudsen, White House, in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston. ([1]) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Berlin Wall Potsdamer Platz 1975 looking east

Berlin Wall at Potsdamer Platz, 1975 looking south-east towards Kreuzberg / Stresemannstrasse – Photo by Edward Valachovic [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Berlin Wall Art: graffiti in Kreuzberg

Berlin Wall Art: Graffiti and paintings on the Berlin Wall in Berlin-Kreuzberg, Bethaniendamm – photo: Thiery Noir, 1986 – CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Berlin Wall Potsdamer Platz 1986

Berlin Wall at Potsdamer Platz, looking down Pariser Platz / Leipziger Strasse, 1986 – Photo by Nancy Wong [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Ronald Reagan Berlin Wall Speach

Ronald Reagan giving a speach at the Brandenburg Gate / Berlin Wall, 1987 – Photo by White House Photographic Office (Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, ID C41244-9.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Fall of the Berlin Wall Berlin Brandenburg Gate

Fall of the Wall: A crane removes a part of the Berlin Wall near Brandenburg Gate, Berlin-Mitte – Photo by SSGT F. Lee Corkran CORKRAN [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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