10 mei 2018

Between East and West

The former "inner German border", making Germany into an 'East' and a 'West', also divided the Harz region in two separate parts. At the actual spot of this border is now a memorial stone that commorates the reunification of Germany with the words "Deutschland wieder vereint" ('Germany united again').

Along the road near the city of Braunlage is a sign that says that: Here, Germany and Europe were separated until 2:30 pm on November 12, 1989".

And on both sides of the road the former patrol road is still visible -even though trees have grown into it by now-: two parallel lines of perforated concrete blocks that ran beside the border. Guards used this all-weather road to 'travel rapidly to the scene of an attempted crossing' (info from Wikipedia).

10 opmerkingen:

  1. De weg lijkt wel een ritssluiting, interessante geschiedenis.

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  2. Interesting bit of history. Uniting the country again was the right move.

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  3. ...a split rock, what a symbol. I love the shot of the road.

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  4. What an interesting historical story. That split rock is quite the image that it represents. A lovely road, I would like to walk there someday.

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  5. I was old enough in 1989 that the events of that year made a big impression. Excellent shots!

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  6. You have brought back to memory the "bad old days." I missed WWII by about 6 years but remember much of what happened and I taught history so was able to spend time learning about the details of the war and one detail that always fascinated and frightened me was the way the borders were protected and how difficult it was to get across and how dangerous with the usual punishment being instant death. This photo is filled with memories.

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  7. een merkwaardige geschiedenis Marleen

    die laatste foto is heel knap

    groeten

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