One section of the Berlin Wall was demolished overnight and used to remodel as a mansion. It is a pity that those who care for the structures, but since the section is not protected by law, they can only look at it with a sigh.
The missing part is located in Pankow, northeast Berlin, about 60 meters long and 11 meters high, built in the 1970s. Compared to the “East Side Gallery” that is full of graffiti and became a tourist attraction, Pankow also has street artists “performing”, but the section is not well-known and protected by the law. So no special application is required if developers want to demolish the walls.
Last year was the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Berlin Wall Foundation, established in 2008 is dedicated to the conservation of the wall, working hard to promote the conservation work of the Pankow section. And the person in charge, Manfred Wichmann, stated that the loss of this section was “An obvious loss of the remains of the wall.”
Now, the remaining Berlin wall is about 24 kilometres long, and most of it has been classified as a historical relic. Some of these are very popular with tourists, while others, such as the Pankow section, are rarely known to the outside world.
The Berlin Wall was built by East Germany around the border of West Berlin post-World War II. The purpose of the Wall was to prevent residents of East Germany from going to West Germany through West Berlin. It was an important landmark of the German division and the Cold War after World War II. Between 1961 and 1989, about 5,000 people tried to cross the Berlin Wall, and about 200 of them were shot by border guards.
In 1989, a series of coups in Eastern European countries forced the East German government to allow citizens visiting West Germany and West Berlin. The Berlin Wall was also forced to open under the pressure of East German residents. Since then, the Berlin Wall has been marked as an important historical landmark and became a tourist attraction. Many local merchants will sell some wall fragments as souvenirs.
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