By 1958 nearly 3 million East
Germans, many of them young and educated, had fled to the West through the porous
border between East and West Berlin that allowed
people to cross in and out of the zones for work. This left about 17
million in East Germany with a further 200,000+
leaving every year. East Germany was facing an
implosion if the exodus was not stopped - hence the
construction of the Berlin Wall.
According to Frederick Taylor, although the Wall was instigated and constructed by the East Germans, the "leaders of the free world" at the time (Kennedy, Macmillan and de Gaulle) were not agin the construction of a physical barrier to constrict the outflow of people from East Germany that threatened to destabilize the country, which in turn could ...
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After the Berlin Wall came down, the government of the soon-to-be-former German Democratic Republic auctioned it off piece by piece. If you feel so inclined you can buy a piece with a certificate of authenticity anytime you want at eBay and elsewhere. Having pulled The Wall down, a few short sections were restored by popular demand and now form an often visited tourist attraction.
About the Author
Frederick Taylor was educated at Aylesbury Grammar School; Oxford University, where he read History and Modern Languages; and Sussex University, where he did postgraduate work specializing in the rise of the extreme Right in Germany during the early twentieth century. He is the author of a number of novels set in...
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