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by BBC World Service
The History Hour

The Berlin Wall

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In August 1961, communist East Germany began building the Berlin Wall, which divided the city for nearly three decades and became a symbol of the Cold War. We hear the memories of Germans from both sides of the Wall and tales of daring escapes. Plus, what life was like in the East - from nudism and folk music to the grim reality of facing the notorious Stasi secret police.

PHOTO: Soldiers at the Berlin Wall in the early 1960s (Getty Images)

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by BBC World Service