The Berlin Wall
On August 13, 1961, the totalitarian government of East Germany split Berlin with a wall of concrete. Free expression of thought disappeared, From 1961 to 1989 some 130 people were killed attempting to escape through this brutal barrier to freedom. Many others were injured.
In the autumn of 1989, hundreds of thousands of East Germans began peaceful marches against the oppressive regime. These courageous acts of resistance were inspired by the civil rights movement in the United States. Their chant was "Wir sind das Volk," we are the people, implicitly a reference, to the United States Constitution. Ultimately, the Berlin Wall could not withstand the desire for freedom and on November 9th, 1989 the wall fell.
This section of the wall, a gift of the City of Berlin, honors those who have died seeking freedom without walls.
East Germany History
After Soviet occupation of Eastern Europe at the end of World War II, and under increasing control of the Soviet dictator the citizens of Eastern Germany faced a national government that limited emigration, movement, and other individual freedoms.
By 1956, almost all travel to the West had been restricted. And in 1961, the East West German border was sealed except for the access routes into West Berlin through East German territory.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Political Subdivisions • War, Cold. In addition, it is included in the Berlin Wall series list.
Location. 39° 5.834′ N, 84° 30.695′ W. Marker is in Cincinnati, Ohio, in Hamilton County. Marker is at the intersection of East Freedom Way and Vine Street, on the right when traveling west on East Freedom Way. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 50 E Freedom Way, Cincinnati OH 45202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Burnet House (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); World’s Largest Chime Foot Piano (about 700 feet away); Emery and Kroger Historic Foundation Walls (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1 West Vine Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ernie Lombardi (approx. 0.2 miles away); Frank Robinson (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ted Kluszewski (approx. 0.2 miles away); Salmon Portland Chase (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cincinnati.
Also see . . . Berlin Wall (Wikipedia). (Submitted on February 26, 2019.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 26, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 26, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 140 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 26, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.