Walled in! - The inner German border Farewell to the West - A growing number 1 day ago   10:40

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For 28 years, a nearly insurmountable barrier kept people from fleeing East Germany. But then, the dramatic night of November 9, 1989, saw the fall of the Wall that divided Germany. Today, it is difficult to imagine what was bitter reality just a few decades ago.

For the first time, a realistic computer animation reveals the vast security system of Germany's inner border and the Berlin Wall, both of which were recreated virtually in the greatest detail.

The animation is part of the DVD "Walled in! What the Cold War frontier in divided Germany was really like" which can be purchased at DW's online store http://store.dw-world.de.

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Xaris Xeros
I am sick of Germans complaining about the wall. For starters they should consider themselves lucky that Soviets did not try to deliver justice in the style of an eye for an eye. More than 22 million slaughtered Soviets, in their vast majority poor civilians that had done nothing to the beastly Germans, it all meant that Soviets should had slaughtered the 100% of the East German population plus at least some 10 million from West Germany's population merely to restore historical justice. Germans never thanked the Soviets for not delivering justice and letting them survive. Then it is the wall - East Germans (also West Germans) complain about the wall which was the B E S T T H I N G that could ever happen for Germans in these circumstances since had there been no wall, the vast majority of East Germans would had fled to the W. Germany and Soviets would simply then repopulate East Germany Königsberg-to-Kalinigrad style with ethnic Russians or shift Poland there, with Germans losing permanently the right to that land. Perhaps Germans should have liked better than scenario. LOL! Thankless morons!
jamie turnage
aint you glad reagan told the russian president to tear down this wall im sadden so many died before it could be done america allways stood with west berlin.
Vote Bernie Sanders :(
James OHearne
A little antiquated!!! That ended in 1990!!!
Khadr Trudeau
American liberals think Trumps wall and the Berlin wall are the same.
Gerald O'Hare
This is Communism and socialism.
Iam Pro
I hate hate hate 😠😠😠😠 war👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎
I love borders, just make sure its open.
Marco Polo
Amazing what fear does to people.
Larry Ballenger
It kept in moronic leftists you turned loose like Merkel whom you should have hung at birth now they all have to be rounded up and destroyed ! We send you the bill and the bodies well dump them out on your lawn to burry in your yard to remind you if you go to the left you die!
And to think people advocate for communism in the modern day..

Communism is attractive, it lures people in and then it takes power, destroys society, individuality and democracy. Then the government has to stop people from spreading dissent to the others [in this case, leaving East Germany is dissent] and they'll kill people to stop the dissent spreading.

This is what communism does to people. People continue to believe it can be done "properly" again and again and again and end up with the same problems. Humans are ignorant to think they can do something which has consistently failed and learn nothing from history.
Herbert Sattelmeier
Es gab wohl nie eine Grenze die besser überwacht und geschützt wurde in der Geschichte der Menschheit, dagegen sieht auch die DMZ in Korea alt aus. Auch die Grenzen außerhalb Berlins wurden massiv geschützt und waren fast undurchdringlich. Deutsche schießen auf Deutsche nur weil sie eine Grenze überschreiten, auch ein dunkles Kapitel Deutscher Geschichte.
Jacob Salter
Dunno why the Russians did this like don’t see the west side doing this they just had a wall
Poor people....what have they done in the first place to deserve this?
Abba Dabba
So this is what the American GI fought for? They must have thought the Germans were relations of their Native Americans who are also holed up in similar conditions.
William Makupa
Why did people want to escape that communist paradise? (Rhetoric)
Now there are put a Wall cross the United state of America to Mexico border lines like Berlin Wall The Great Wall of China also and North Korea and South Korea have a Wall too 😢😭😔
Germany Berlin
0:55 My Neighborhood In The Early 80s’ Which The Berlin Wall Cut Though
billy Red
wow that was an eye opener I travelled to east Germany just after the wall went down and believe me it was like going back in time the buildings did not look that bad but every block of flats had a one communal toilet on each floor, that's communism.
Petey S.
Roosevelt and General Isenhower should've listened to General Patton when he said he can be in Berlin with hour's preventing the occupation of the Soviets for 50 year's! Also Patton wanted to March to Moscow Take the whole damn thing he said to Eisenhower "Sir if we don't take out the Soviets now while their weak with millions of them dead we will have to deal with a serious adversary for generations to come!" And he was right.The USA Alone could've taken the whole continent of Europe but no we let the Soviets with they're constant bluffing that they were as strong as us rule East Germany and many other small Counties for many many years to come we should've went for the whole damn thing General Patton said Mr President we fought the wrong people and there's a rumour that President Roosevelt nodded his head in agreement.Just imagine how many lives would've been saved if we had done that instead of thinking the Soviets actually had any card's left in their deck to still bluff us with.
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Farewell to the West - A growing number Walled in! - The inner German border 1 day ago   04:40

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, many people in East Germany headed west in search of work, wealth and a better life. An increasing number are now returning. Like the Behrenbruch family who are leaving Wolfsburg and moving to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. They used an agency - MV4You - to help them go home.

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