Merkel paid tribute to the memory of those killed in the escape over the Berlin wall
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the first day of the weekend and visited the memorial on the street Bernauer stra?e, to commemorate the people who died while attempting to cross the Berlin Wall.
" most citizens had much to suffer, so that the Wall came down ", she said television channel N-24. Together with the Chancellor of memorial visited the mayor of Berlin Klaus Wowereit, the defenders of the GDR and the staff of the foreign Ministry. In her expressions, the GDR was not a legal state. The fall of the wall Merkel called signal for the modern world, where there are crises and conflicts, for example, in Ukraine, Iraq and Syria." You can change the situation for the better - this is a message that bears the Fall of the wall ", she said.
Berlin on 9 November celebrates the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. Installation " Light border, which stretches for nine miles along the former inner-city boundaries, has become the main symbol of the holiday. Installation is as follows: on the special stand - pipes height supposedly 3, 40 meters with base - set glowing balls of rubber with a diameter of about 60 centimeters. There are about 8 thousand of such balls. Presumably every 150 meters installation posted photographs from the Chronicles. In the evening the air in the balloon will replace helium, and the balls will be released into the sky.
The wall appeared in 1961 as the " anti-fascist boom boom ", which the socialist GDR separated from their Western neighbors. The wall has been rebuilt many times and came up with everything fresh ways to prevent escapes.
The total length of the concrete border with West Berlin was 155 miles. There were 8 checkpoint between East and West Berlin, as well as many different devices, significantly hindered the border crossing signal towers and various kinds of obstacles. According to the information of the Senate of Berlin, in the period from 1961 to 1988 More than 100 thousand people tried to leave the GDR across the border inside the country. More than 600 people lost their lives while trying to flee or were shot by border guards. Only when the escape over the Berlin Wall has killed at least 136 people.