The Italian girls in my room had to be up really early and it took me some time to get back to sleep after they left. They had been friendly, they just didn’t really speak any English so we couldn’t really get to know one another or hang out. By the time I woke up again it was a little later than I had expected.
Today was my last day in
After WWII Germany was split up. The western allies (not
From June of 1945 to May
The GDR was anti west and blamed the 1950 failed potato crop on sabotage. There were protests by both sides. At one point there were warning sides in west Berlin train stations that if you got on a train going the wrong way you were putting your personal freedoms at risk.
The division of
Some people managed to literally drive through the wall, but soon it was too heavily fortified for this. About 800 people made it through with fake passports that read United Nations on them. There was no such thing as a UN passport. Some people painstakingly put together US army uniforms and practiced their American accents to get through.
Often the people who filled out the paperwork to leave legally were arrested. This happened to one woman who wanted to join her husband in
Some of the ways people did escape were really creative. A few women where hidden in suitcases. One was even 5’7! Others hid in specially reconstructed cars. Some tried to jump across, but this just caused the windows facing the wall to be bricked up. Those who attempted to swim across often didn’t make it, many of these were children. A few people successfully dug tunnels under the wall. This included a group of people in which the youngest was 85.
The museum ends with the wall being torn down
After dinner I spent some time at the internet café before doing a bit of packing and going to bed.