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The Berlin Wall After World War II the Yalta Conference confirmed that Germany was to be divided into four sectorsthe American British and French in the west and the Soviet Union in the east From June 24 1948 to May 12 1949 the Soviets blockaded Berlins Western side from the Eastern side This is what we call the Berlin Wall In 1948 during construction of the Wall the Soviet Union cut off all rail water supply to the West Western Berlin During the summer of 1952 the border Interzonegrenze between Western Berlin and the Soviet Sector Eastern Berlin As people began crossing the wall with rope the Soviets outlawed the sale of rope or twine and anyone breaking this law would be immediately arrested At this the Soviets also decided to make a 30-100 meter boder zone where the residents were confined to strick controls and harsh penalties They also set up automatic firing systems on the wall for further protection In 1961 the last gate the Brandenburg Gate is closed Now all crossing points for all Berliners are closed It wouldne be until two years later that any type of crossing is opened The Berlin Wall separated family freinds and a nation for over 28 years Construction Early in the morning of sunday August 13 1961 the Berlin Wall began contruction under the leadership of Erich Honecker to block off Eastern Berlin from Western Berlin with barbed wire and anti-tank obsticals Streets were torn up barricades made tanks gathered at crucial areas and the subway and local railway systems were interupted People of Eastern Berlin were no longer allowed to go into Western Berlin at all In the following days construction took place and stone barricades were replaced by a solid wall The wall was 96 miles long over 14 feet tall and lined with other obstacles There was 42 miles of wire mesh fencing 65 miles of anti-vehical
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