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Death at the Berlin Wall

Pertti Ahonen


During its 28-year existence, the Berlin Wall was the foremost symbol of the Cold War division of Germany—and of Europe as a whole. But it was also a very concrete site of separation and suffering that claimed the lives of at least 136 people. Taking these deaths at its point of departure, this book reconstructs twelve individual tragedies that occurred at the Wall between 1961 and 1989. They include deaths of escapees from the GDR—by far the largest subcategory of the Wall's victims—as well as those of West Berliners who made an unauthorized entry into the border zone and of East German borde ... More

Keywords: Germany, division, Cold War, GDR, Berlin, Berlin Wall, legitimacy, escape, Iron Curtain, memory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199546305
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546305.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pertti Ahonen, author
Senior Lecturer in European History; School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
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