13 Aug '11, 7am

Germany marks 50 years since Berlin Wall erected

Germany marks 50 years since Berlin Wall erected

BERLIN : Germany marks on Saturday the 50th anniversary of the Berlin Wall going up with solemn ceremonies across the city and the opening of an expanded memorial for its victims. The sudden move by communist East Germany to close the border in 1961 shocked the world and ripped a hole through Berlin that gaped for more than 28 years until the Wall finally fell on November 9, 1989 in a bloodless uprising. The commemorations began overnight at a chapel on the former death strip with a more than seven-hour-long reading about the lives of those killed seeking freedom. President Christian Wulff, who will make the keynote speech, said the anniversary was an occasion for Germans to reflect on how far they have come since the darkest days of the Cold War. "We have reason to be very pleased to live here and now," he told Saturday's issue of Die Welt newspaper. "We can look with pri...

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