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Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin

History of Checkpoint Charlie

Starting on 22 September 1961 at most famous East German-West German border crossing, allied soldiers registered members of the American, British and French armed forces before their trip to East Berlin. Here foreign tourists were able to inform themselves about their stay.

Because of its role as a transition point for the members of the Allied forces, the Friedrichstraße border checkpoint in October 1961 was the scene of the so-called tank stand off. Today an installation by the artist Frank Thiel commemorates this incident as well as a plaque at the former border.

Mauermuseum – Haus am Checkpoint Charlie

Today, the house at Checkpoint Charlie shows an almost incomprehensible number of original means and tools that people used in their escape out of the “DDR”: from the hot-air balloon to the Trebant up to the chairlift.

One must see the tiny car, whose trunk was not checked on the border because no border patrol could imagine that a person could be hiding in it. Or both of the cut open and placed together suitcases, in which someone also escaped. One of the most nightmarish exhibits is surely the spring gun machine, with which the “DDR” lined its West German borders.

Official Website – http://www.mauermuseum.de/

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