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  1. The message-laden move comes as the U.S. continues to expand its barriers across the nearly 2,000 miles of territory dividing the U.S. and Mexico. Unlike the U.S. border, however, the Berlin Wall was originally installed by an occupying power to divide a nation against itself.

    Mexico places piece of Berlin wall near US border: 'May this be a...
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  3. Berlin Wall - Wikipedia

    The Berlin Wall (German: Die Berliner Mauer, pronounced [bɛʁˌliːnɐ ˈmaʊ̯ɐ] ⓘ) was a guarded concrete barrier that encircled West Berlin of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) from 1961 to 1989, separating it from East Berlin and the German Democratic Republic (GDR).

  4. Berlin Wall | Definition, Length, & Facts | Britannica

    Berlin Wall, barrier that surrounded West Berlin and prevented access to it from East Berlin and adjacent areas of East Germany during the period from 1961 to 1989. The system of walls, electrified fences, and fortifications extended 28 miles through Berlin and extended a further 75 miles around West Berlin.

  5. Berlin Wall - History, Dates & the Fall | HISTORY

    The Berlin Wall was a barbed wire and concrete barrier constructed in 1961 by the Communist government of East Germany at the border of East and West Berlin.

  6. Why the Berlin Wall rose—and how it fell - National Geographic

    The Berlin Wall stretched for almost 27 miles across the city and employed landmines, dogs, and barbed wire to discourage escape attempts. Still, over 5,000 people managed to reach western...

  7. Fall of Berlin Wall: How 1989 reshaped the modern world

    It was on 9 November 1989, five days after half a million people gathered in East Berlin in a mass protest, that the Berlin Wall dividing communist East Germany from West Germany crumbled.

  8. Fall of the Berlin Wall - Wikipedia

    The fall of the Berlin Wall (German: Mauerfall) on 9 November 1989, during the Peaceful Revolution, was a pivotal event in world history which marked the destruction of the Berlin Wall and the figurative Iron Curtain.

  9. All About the Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall - ThoughtCo

    Erected in the dead of night on August 13, 1961, the Berlin Wall (known as Berliner Mauer in German) was a physical division between West Berlin and East Germany. Its purpose was to keep disaffected East Germans from fleeing to the West. When the Berlin Wall fell on November 9, 1989, its destruction was nearly as instantaneous as its creation.