An East German soldier helping a boy cross the newly formed ‘Berlin Wall,’ 1961.  The boy was found on the opposite side of the wall from his family. Despite given orders by the East German government to let no one pass, the soldier helped the boy through the barbwire.

An East German soldier helping a boy cross the newly formed ‘Berlin Wall,’ The boy was found on the opposite side of the wall from his family. Despite given orders by the East German government to let no one pass, the soldier helped the boy through

Building the Berlin Wall (August 13, 1961)

West Berliners, watch, bewildered, the construction of the Berlin Wall, August

People escaping from the East side of Bernauer Strasse which was in East Berlin. The street was in West Berlin.

Bernauer Strasse, a street on the border between the Berlin districts of Wedding and Mitte, was a focal point of the German - German postwar history.

Conrad Schumann leapt over the barbed wire running across one of the side streets leading to Bernauer Strasse. A photographer on the west side captured this amazing photo.

East German border guard, Conrad Schumann, leaps into West Berlin over barbed wire, August Photo by West German photographer Peter Leibing.

The windows in the buildings on the east side of Bernauer Strasse were bricked up to prevent people from escaping into the street (which was in West Berlin.) Eventually these buildings were demolished to create the death strip.

Berlin, Bernauer Strasse, closed Church of Reconciliation View from West to East Berlin,

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