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The Death Strip

It was cold, bright and very frosty as we caught the train to the Berlin Wall Documentation Centre to see a section of the outer wall, preserved exactly as it was, so that we could appreciate the full scale of divide between East Germany and the rest of the world. The wall was actually 2 heavily fortified barriers and the raked-gravel space between was known as the Death Strip as over 200 people were shot dead trying to escape into West Germany.

Nearby bells rang throughout the whole time we were there, so it was quite a moving experience to walk around the memorial. Not entirely depressing; it was a beautiful morning and we both have quite positive memories from visiting the modern Chapel of Reconciliation whose parish, a local man explained, had chosen to commemorate the past and look towards the future, rather than simply try to erase all evidence of Berlin’s division. They are the reason for the memorial and for this remaining section of wall.

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