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 Category:  War and History Fiction
  Posted: October 18, 2019      Views: 71

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"Contest Entry - The Berlin Wall" by Rosemary Everson1



When the Berlin Wall fell on November 9, 1989, my family and I were listening to the radio intensely. At the time, I was only five years old. Its destruction was nearly as instantaneous as its creation. In 1989, it was declared that East Berlin occupants could go into West Berlin again. People took down the Berlin Wall which had separated the two with their hands and whatever else they had. For some, this was regarded as the end of the Cold War.

We jumped for joy to hear the radio announcer explain the wall had come down; we took our joy seriously. My uncle had served in the military and was coming home in a few months; him mentioning any information was a "no, no." The newspaper had explained many of the facts to us, so we knew.

Several years later, Uncle Ernie explained some of the facts to us. I'd like to mention some of them to you:

As the Berlin Wall became stronger and larger, escape attempts became more elaborately planned. Some people dug tunnels from the basements of buildings in East Berlin, under the Berlin Wall, and into West Berlin. Another group saved scraps of cloth and built a hot air balloon and flew over the Wall. Uncle Ernie said it was the worst thing he had ever seen.

But unfortunately, not all escape attempts were successful. Since the East German guards could shoot anyone nearing the eastern side without warning, there was always a chance of death in any and all escape plots. It is estimated that somewhere between 192 and 239 people died at the Berlin Wall.

One of the most infamous cases of a failed attempt occurred on August 17, 1962. In the early afternoon, two 18-year-old men ran toward the Wall with the intention of scaling it. The first of the young men to reach it was successful. The second one, Peter Fechter, wasn't. As he was about to scale the Wall, a border guard opened fire. Fechter continued to climb but ran out of energy just as he reached the top. He then tumbled back onto the East German side. To the shock of the world, Fechter was just left there. The East German guards didn't shoot him again nor did they go to his aid. Fechter shouted in agony for nearly an hour. Once he had bled to death, East German guards carried off his body. He became the 50th person to die at the Berlin Wall and a permanent symbol of the struggle for freedom.

My uncle said he was there when this happened. It wasn't an experience you would like to see. It was pure hell. People didn't know what to think.

The fall of the Berlin Wall happened nearly as suddenly as its rise. There had been signs that the Communist bloc was weakening, but the East German Communist leaders insisted that East Germany just needed a moderate change rather than a drastic revolution. East German citizens didn't agree. Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev (1985--1991) was attempting to save his country and decided to break off from many of its satellites. As Communism began to falter in Poland, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia in 1988 and 1989, new exodus points were opened to East Germans who wanted to flee to the West.

People were in shock. Were the borders open? East Germans tentatively approached the border and indeed found that the border guards were letting people cross. Very quickly, the Berlin Wall was inundated with people from both sides. Some began chipping at the Berlin Wall with hammers and chisels. There was an impromptu and massive celebration along the Berlin Wall, with people hugging, kissing, singing, cheering, and crying. Can you imagine the excitement? What happy occasion to watch and remember!

The Berlin Wall was eventually chipped away into smaller pieces (some the size of a coin and others in big slabs). The pieces have become collectibles and are stored in both homes and museums. There is also now a Berlin Wall Memorial at the site on Bernauer Strasse.

After the Berlin Wall came down, East and West Germany reunified into a single German state on October 3, 1990.


November 9th 1989 contest entry

Author Notes
This is a story about the Berlin Wall. The Berlin Wall (German: Berliner Mauer) was a wall that separated the city of Berlin in Germany from 1961 to 1989. It separated the eastern half from the western half. Many people thought it was a symbol of the Cold War. The Berlin Wall was taken down on November 9, 1989. reference: Internet/ Word Count: 700 words
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