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Geocacher's World Geocoin -GERMANY- 'Berliner Mauer' - German Geocoin

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Sunday, 12 June 2011
Sachsen, Germany
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In Anduin - B62

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'Berliner Mauer' - German Geocoin

This coin is about to remind you of the Berlin Wall.

The Berlin Wall (German: Berliner Mauer) was a barrier constructed by the German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany) starting on 13 August 1961, that completely cut off West Berlin from surrounding East Germany and from East Berlin.

On 15 June 1961, First Secretary of the Socialist Unity Party and GDR State Council chairman Walter Ulbricht stated in an international press conference, "Niemand hat die Absicht, eine Mauer zu errichten!" (No one has the intention of erecting a wall!). It was the first time the colloquial term Mauer (wall) had been used in this context. The record of a telephone call between Nikita Khrushchev and Ulbricht on 1 August in the same year, suggests that it was Khrushchev from whom the initiative for the construction of the wall came.

Before the Wall's erection, 3.5 million East Germans circumvented Eastern Bloc emigration restrictions and defected from the GDR, many by crossing over the border from East Berlin into West Berlin, from where they could then travel to West Germany and other Western European countries. Between 1961 and 1989, the wall prevented almost all such emigration. During this period, around 5,000 people attempted to escape over the wall, with estimates of the resulting death toll varying between 100 and 200.

In 1989, a radical series of political changes occurred in the Eastern Bloc, associated with the liberalization of the Eastern Bloc's authoritarian systems and the erosion of political power in the pro-Soviet governments in nearby Poland and Hungary. After several weeks of civil unrest, the East German government announced on 9 November 1989 that all GDR citizens could visit West Germany and West Berlin. Crowds of East Germans crossed and climbed onto the wall, joined by West Germans on the other side in a celebratory atmosphere. Over the next few weeks, a euphoric public and souvenir hunters chipped away parts of the wall; the governments later used industrial equipment to remove most of the rest. The fall of the Berlin Wall paved the way for German reunification, which was formally concluded on 3 October 1990.


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Discovered It 12/24/2017 bmps2003 discovered it Santarém, Portugal   Visit Log

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Dropped Off 09/16/2017 Flávio Ferreira placed it in Anduin - B62 Santarém, Portugal - 63.16 miles  Visit Log
Visited 09/09/2017 Flávio Ferreira took it to I let Love in Viseu, Portugal - 57.01 miles  Visit Log
Visited 07/15/2017 Flávio Ferreira took it to Rei Moura Viseu, Portugal - 46.86 miles  Visit Log
Visited 07/01/2017 Flávio Ferreira took it to Ponto de Vigia "Crasta Alta" Leiria, Portugal - 4.34 miles  Visit Log
Visited 07/01/2017 Flávio Ferreira took it to Análise de água - Fosfatos Leiria, Portugal - 3.93 miles  Visit Log
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