-- on the hinge of history

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by R. W. Rynerson --- U.S. Army Berlin Brigade -- 1969-71

As the military train rolled through the Iron Curtain, otherwise known here as the "GDR National Frontier", one entered a strange world where, as H.-R. Karutz of Die Welt observed, everyday politics were suspended for the longest "pause" in European history.

Only one thing was certain. Berlin would remain Berlin, full of wry humor, witze, energy, and outbursts of beauty and creativity, but under which government?

And what would the price of that be? Psychological wear and tear? Dollars, marks, rubles, pounds or francs? Blood? This website is a place to find some of those answers... and perhaps to raise questions.   -- rwr --

Young West Berliners try to help by digging a tunnel under the original Wall in 1970. Fortunately their efforts were not taken seriously.

This type of Wall construction was soon replaced with the smooth-sided "Modern" panels.

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 Midpoint of the Cold War

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