Berlin Wall fragment, Berlin, Germany, 1961

Berlin Wall fragment, Berlin, Germany, 1961

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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
Object Name
fragment, concrete
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Germany: Berlin, Berlin
Physical Description
red (overall color)
yellow (overall color)
pink (overall color)
black (overall color)
grey (overall color)
concrete (overall material)
overall: 3 3/4 in x 4 in x 1 in; 9.525 cm x 10.16 cm x 2.54 cm
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Political and Military History: Political History, General History Collection
Souvenir Nation
Government, Politics, and Reform
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National Museum of American History
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It's nice to see that the Fall of Berlin Wall is recognized as American History. I was at Checkpoint Charlie as the Military Police Officer in charge on 10 Nov 89. The Wall had fallen during the night. The day is important for Germany but there is no doubt that the United States played a critical role in assisting the German people to reach this day. Thank you for displaying the piece of the Berlin Wall in the American Museum. It means a lot to many of the US Military who served in Berlin!

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