Memorializing The Wall

April 12, 2013 9 Comments »

Berlin Wall Memorial

Crossing from East to West Berlin.  The line and memory of the wall is highlighted throughout the city.

From the moment I arrived in Berlin the Wall was a hot topic.  There was a public protest at the East Side Gallery – a section of the wall that is preserved along the Spree River for street artists around the world leave their mark for peace.  The East Side Gallery is considered an international memorial for freedom but is in threat of being torn down for development.  I’m not going to get into the details of the feuding groups in this post – it’s quite political and convoluted like most disagreements – but you should know that it’s a very hot topic in Berlin .  So much so that David Hasselhoff (aka the Hoff), even showed up to a protest the new development.  Epic German (pop) culture.

I still remember the first thing that struck me when I visited Berlin a year ago – I was impressed by how well they preserved the wall and memorialized it as well as other important areas/sites of the city.  The Wall is a structure that has a reason to be hated deeply, yet the city has done a great job of putting together a public space to learn about it’s history and remember the past lives and stories.  I was absolutely entranced by the Berlin Wall Memorial along Bernauer Strasse.  It was so cleverly done incorporating the land in which the wall stood and even the buildings around it – an open air exhibition.  It told a story – and that’s what a good memorial does.

Overall memorials are important tools for educating the general public. These areas in Berlin combine art, architecture, physical urban space and the power of memory – an effective combination.  Do you agree?

What are some of the best memorials you have seen around the world?

Berlin wall memorial

Tourists have their photo taken near the death strip at the Berlin Wall memorial

Berlin Wall Memorial

A memorial plaque of those who lost their lives trying to escape to West Berlin

Berlin Wall Memorial

A famous picture of East Berliners fleeing as the wall was being erected. The image is depicted along one of the buildings on Bernauer Strasse.

Berlin Wall Memorial

A guard tower remains at the memorial

Berlin Wall Memorial

Plaques outline an old escape tunnel along Bernauer Strasse.

Bernauer Strasse wall memorial

A view of the memorial along Bernauer Strasse from the Visitor Center. It’s only a few blocks long but filled with great artistic displays and information.

Berlin Wall Memorial

A section of the wall along Bernauer Strasse depicted by rebar. I love the creativeness of this memorial!

East Side Gallery

A small section of the East Side Gallery’s remaning Death Strip on a cold winter day.

East Side Gallery

The most famous painting on the East Side Gallery – kissing communist leaders Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker.

East Side Gallery

The images are marked by plaques along the East Side Gallery.

East Side Gallery

A door in the wall along the East Side Gallery


More Information:

Berlin Wall Memorial  Bernauer Strasse Website


Open-Air Exhibition and Memorial Grounds
All year round Monday – Sunday 8:00am – 10:00pm

Visitor Center and Documentation Center
April – October
Tuesday – Sunday 9:30am – 7:00pm
November – March
Tuesday – Sunday 9:30am – 6:00pm

Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer
Bernauer Straße 111/119
13355 Berlin

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