August 13, 1961: East Germany Walled Out Democracy

On this date in 1961, the East German government began construction of the Berlin Wall to separate West from East Germany. It was the symbolic barrier between democracy and communism during the Cold War – the concrete version of “the iron curtain.”

President Ronald Reagan challenged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on June 12, 1987: “Tear down this wall…” And finally, on November 9, 1989, the wall came tumbling down.

As a columnist for the Garland (Texas) Daily News, I wrote this column that same week:

Berlin Wall column

Now, for the proverbial “call to action:”
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About nancsue

Writer - Former newspaper columnist - lover of all things nostalgic, collies, music, humor, snowy places, & grateful to those who defend American citizens at home and abroad.
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