As of this year, as much time has passed without the Berlin Wall as with it—it stood from 1961 to 1989 in various iterations. Barbed wire and bricks evolved into standardized L-shaped sections of reinforced concrete 12 feet high. Then unity prevailed.
“In the case of the Berlin Wall, it was unique in the sense that it was designed to keep people in, not keep people out,” says Hope Harrison, a Cold War expert and an associate professor of history and international affairs at George Washington University.
At a time when the U.S. government considers a plan to build its own tangible border, the remnants of the Berlin Wall remind us that barriers often begin the surge of progress instead of ending it.
Here are a few places around Washington, D.C., for an up-close encounter.Read More