Thirty years after it fell, Berlin Wall lives on in parks, squares and souvenirs

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Thirty years after it fell, Berlin Wall lives on in parks, squares and souvenirs





Updated: 01-11-2019 18:59 IST | Created: 01-11-2019 18:52 IST

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Thirty years after the fall of the


Wall, the imposing structure that divided the Communist East and the capitalist


lives on in public squares,


and tourist souvenirs. When euphoric


clambered on top of the Wall on Nov. 9, 1989, smashing it with hammers, it was hard to imagine it had a future.

But it has become an export hit. Segments of the Wall have been sent around the world as official gifts and




often buy brightly colored pieces of rock that


say were once part of the Wall.


come with authenticity certificates. Not everyone is convinced.


“There’s not as much Wall as there is being sold,” said Bernd Breitenbach, a 67-year-old passerby at the


Wall Memorial. Sections of the Wall – which have been erected in countries including the

United States



, and


– are a major tourist attraction in Berlin.

Seeing the East Side Gallery – a


of the Wall that


painted in 1990 and which still stands – is a must-do for visitors.


like to have their photo taken by the painting of a Trabant – the classic car of Communist East Germany – bursting through the Wall, or by the picture of former


leader Leonid Brezhnev and former East German leader Erich Honecker kissing. It is a thought-provoking experience for many.

“I guess it’s quite shocking to see how it would have split communities and … I’m thinking of


where there still are walls,” said Matthew Chaplin, a 24-year-old tourist from England. Daria Ustymenko, a 35-year-old visitor from


, said: “Let’s say it’s like evoked some feelings, very deep feelings, and emotional impressions.”

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