Photographer's Note

One of the few remaining intact segments of the Berlin Wall can be found on Niederkirchnerstrasse, just a couple of blocks west of Checkpoint Charlie. The Wall is mostly torn down now but it has been memorialized with a continuous line of red brick that runs throughout Berlin along the footprint where the Wall stood.

The portion of the Wall shown in the photo was erected in 12-foot high, three-ton sections with rounded caps, the graffiti-covered side facing the West (we are looking at the side in West Berlin) and the stark, drab side of the wall facing East.

All of the original graffiti has by now been chipped away, as you can see in the photo. The graffiti bits were, early on, taken as souvenirs of a remarkable time in history (the Berliners called the pick-wielding collectors “Mauerspechte”, or wall peckers). Today, tiny pieces of painted concrete are still sold in the souvenir shops. Are these bits authentic? Who knows? Personally, I doubt it. I have a piece that was presented to me by a friend who, through no fault of her own (being in the middle of her vacation tour at the time), happened to arrive in Berlin just as the Wall fell. I treasure that little bit of, hopefully authentic, history.

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Additional Photos by Jackie Larson (jassy) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 134 W: 17 N: 308] (1065)
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