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Walking through the memorial...

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The next place I visited was the Holocaust Memorial. It is a memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold. It consists of a 19,000 m2 site covered with 2,711 concrete slabs or "stelae", arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field. According to Eisenman's project text, the stelae are designed to produce an uneasy, confusing atmosphere, and the whole sculpture aims to represent a supposedly ordered system that has lost touch with human reason.

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Graffiting on the wall became popular for artists from all over the world and a place where tourists would go and admire the artwork. The West Berlin side of the wall had artwork completely covering the wall, while the East Berlin side was kept blank; as people were not permitted to get close enough to the east side of the wall to paint anything.The Berlin Wall was the largest canvas in the world. Unfortunately, much of the artwork was not claimed by artists and remains anonymous. Because the wall was open to everyone, there were no restrictions on what artists could put on the wall. Over the past 30 years since the collection of artwork was started, much of the controversial artwork has been removed from the wall.

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The Fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 marks the end of the Cold War. On 9 November 1989, border guards allowed crowds from East Berlin to cross the frontier at the Bösebrücke. After the fall of Communism in Europe in 1990 Germany and Berlin were both reunited.
The date on which the Wall fell is considered to have been 9 November 1989, but the Wall in its entirety was not torn down immediately. Starting that evening and in the days and weeks that followed, people came to the wall with sledgehammers or otherwise hammers and chisels to chip off souvenirs, demolishing lengthy parts of it in the process and creating several unofficial border crossings. These people were nicknamed "Mauerspechte" (wall woodpeckers).
Not all segments of the wall were ground up as the wall was being torn down. Some parts of it are still visible and can be visited in Berlin. Many segments have been given to various institutions around the world. They can be found, for instance, in presidential and historical museums, lobbies of hotels and corporations, at universities and government buildings, and in public spaces around the world.

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The history of Berlin in fascinating in many ways, though the most popular historical event is the dividing of the city through the Berlin Wall. 1961 the communist East German government started to build the Wall, physically separating West Berlin from East Berlin and the rest of East Germany. The Berlin Wall is a symbol of the Cold War, and the collapse of the Communist regimes in Eastern Europe.
Checkpoint Charlie was the name given by the Western Allies to the best-known Berlin Wall crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War.

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I just came back from my trip I am amazed about the international mood of Berlin, From all the fascinating things I saw, the one that impressed me the most is the variety of different people, representing different cultures and lifestyles.

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I always wanted to see Berlin and although I was in Germany almost 5 years I never managed to go there.

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