The Berlin Wall
In 1949, the Western powers established West Germany by uniting their three occupation zones. Moscow responded by creating East Germany. As time passed, West Berlin, an island of Western prosperity within the Soviet bloc, became an even greater irritation to the Soviets. By 1961, three million East Germans had fled to the West.
In the early morning of August 13, 1961, 28 miles of barbed wire coils were stretched along the border between East and West Berlin, in an attempt to end the flow of refugees. Once the Soviets were certain the West would not destroy the temporary barricade, work began on a permanent
Twenty-eight years later, Moscow relaxed its grip on its satellite regimes because of internal crises in the Soviet Union, and permitted those governments to make decisions free from Kremlin domination. On November 7, after massive public demonstrations, the East German cabinet resigned; on the 8th, the Communist Party Politburo and Central Committee resigned; and on November 9, 1989, an official of the East German government announced that the Wall would come down at the stroke of midnight.
The "Iron Curtain" was no more, and the re-unification of the divided Germany ensued.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Events • War, Cold. In addition, it is included in the Berlin Wall series list.
Location. 38° 50.991′ N, 91° 57.3′ W. Marker is in Fulton, Missouri, in Callaway County. Marker is on West 7th Street just west of Westminster Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fulton MO 65251, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The National Winston Churchill Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); The Winston Churchill Memorial and Library
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 3, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 526 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 3, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. 6. submitted on November 24, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.