Berlin Wall fragment, Berlin, Germany, 1961

Description
The opening of the Berlin Wall by the East German government on November 9, 1989, signaled the collapse of Communism and led to the reunification of East and West Germany. Their separation through the center of Berlin dated to the Allied partition of the country into occupied zones after the Second World War. When the end came, portions of the wall were cut into memorial-size chunks of concrete. An apparently limitless supply of smaller bits became available to a global audience who had witnessed the wall’s destruction on television. A vendor in a Berlin flea market sold this fragment to a visiting Canadian student, who in turn sold it on an Internet auction site.
Purchase, 2011
date made
1989
associated date
1989
place made
Deutschland: Berlin, Berlin
used
Germany
Physical Description
red (overall color)
yellow (overall color)
pink (overall color)
black (overall color)
grey (overall color)
concrete (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 3 3/4 in x 4 in x 1 in; 9.525 cm x 10.16 cm x 2.54 cm
ID Number
2011.0015.01
accession number
2011.0015
catalog number
2011.0015.01
subject
Politics
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Political History: Political History, General History Collection
Souvenir Nation
Government, Politics, and Reform
Exhibition
Souvenir Nation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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