BERLIN (Reuters) – An open-air installation is to open along an old section of the Berlin Wall at the weekend, featuring photos of soldiers patrolling the former deadly border, and stories of those persecuted behind it.
“Beyond the Wall” — 229-metres (250 yards) long and facing the West — is designed to keep alive the memory of the dividing wall put up by Communist East German authorities nearly 56 years ago on Aug. 13, 1961.
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It fell in November 1989 due to mass popular pressure and the decline of Soviet Union power.
The new exhibition features stills from videos that German-American artist Stefan Roloff shot of the Berlin Wall from the west in 1984 — including East German soldiers peering through binoculars, climbing ladders up to watchtowers and walking along the Wall.
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“There are very few authentic places where you can still see what’s left of the Wall,” Klaus Lederer, a Berlin senator responsible for culture told a news conference.
The exhibition also features stories and silhouettes of people whose lives were affected by the Wall — including a man who authorities accused of having a fetish, a woman arrested for receiving a postcard from a friend in West Berlin, and another woman who whose apartment was bugged by the East German Stasi secret police.
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Mario Roellig is one of the victims whose story is told. The Stasi interrogated and imprisoned him after...
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