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The Berlin Wall Book Review In August 1961 Berlin Germany was seperated by a border of barbed wire People of East Berlin could no longer enter West Berlin The Berlin Wall tells about this event and what led to this event Norman Gelb the author tells of the actions of the communistic East Berlin and the democratic West Berlin The book begins by explaining how the wall was put up East Berlin put it up because of the refugees that were leaving East Berlin by the thousands to live in West Berlin The amount of people leaving threatened the existence of the communistic party in East Berlin and so it was decided by the political party there the German Democratic Republic that something had to be done At 100 am on August 13 1961 the Berlin Wall was built It first started out as a border made of barbed wire and cement posts Soon the supply of cement was running out so streets were being torn up to make the wall West Berliners looked on in disbelief at the overturned trees trenches and barbed wire Yet they couldnt do anything about it because on the opposite side was guards with guns pointing directly at them After the work on the wall was completed it was 10-13 feet high If it were straight it would have been 103 miles long On the communistic East side there was another smaller wall The land inbetween these walls were extremely dangerous Guard patrolled this area with guns This didnt stop people from trying to get through though People went to all extremes trying to get to the other sides including crashing through the wall with cars The book then goes back World War Two to show how this all began British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and United States president Dwight Eisenhower had mixed opinions on what to do about Berlin and the Soviets They both knew the Soviets couldnt
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