The Fall Of The Berlin Wall, In Photos

2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The event was the beginning of the end for the Cold War, as Warsaw Pact nations began to abandon communism and West Germany became the clear victor in the “conflict” over the East. By 1991, even the Soviet Union would dissolve.

The images in this article are stories unto themselves — each represents a different facet, a separate tale to be told, about the Berlin Wall and the way it came to symbolize oppression. After three decades, the legacy of the wall is still remembered, but its destruction is celebrated as a win for freedom.

A Map Of Berlin, Post-World War II

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Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images

At the end of World War II, Germany was split into four sectors, with the main Allied powers taking control of them. France, the U.K., the Soviet Union, and the U.S. each took control of a sector. Within the city of Berlin, all four nations controlled a sector, too, with the three capitalist nations controlling the west, and the U.S.S.R. controlling the east.

The map above shows the three sectors in the west and the one sector in the east, and where the wall was built around the western side of Berlin. The red dot in the middle represents the area known as “Checkpoint Charlie” — the best-known area where transportation between the two cities took place, if it was allowed.