BERLIN, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Germany on Saturday will mark the 50th anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall.
On the morning of Aug. 13, 1961, Berliners awoke to learn soldiers had erected barbed-wire barricades, closed down roads and blocked railways linking East Berlin and West Berlin.
The wall lasted until 1989.
The daily newspaper Berliner Zeitung reported a third of Berliners thought the wall’s construction was either justified or partly justified to hold back a wave of refugees fleeing for the West.
Gunter Schlusche is tasked with overseeing the Berlin Wall Memorial that will be unveiled Saturday to commemorate the golden anniversary of its construction.
“Although it may not be a Greek temple, this is archaeology,” Schlusche told The New York Times of the archaeological finds he’s unearthed related to the wall.
The memorial is half-mile long now and will ultimately be four-fifths of a mile.
“Our job,” Schlusche said, “is to make the terrain speak for itself.”