Exhibition theme: Encounters and Explorations: Door in the Wall [60/65]



March 1990
Berlin, near Brandenburg Gate
Created By: Gabriele Greaney

License: Creative Commons License

A door in the Wall, photographed from the East. "According to historians, the Wall around Berlin had only six or eight segments such as this one, with a small vaultlike door." (Retrieved and translated from Winfried Wagner: "Wer kauft DDR-Mauerteile mit Tür?", mz-web, 17.09.08, on April 23, 2009)


Berlin Wall (East), child, chisel traces, one person, steel reinforcement, Wall graffiti, Wall hole, Wall segment with door


Brandenburg Gate

Text in image


Other items in this set

Freedom of travel made it possible for people to spontaneously visit friends and family together. These visits were captured on film, too. Many took advantage of the opportunity to explore the unknown country in the West or the East. Curiosity was not limited to sightseeing. There was also a great interest in people living in the other part of Germany, and in creating a sense of community. Partnerships between towns and cities were established and revived, and associations in both East and West organized meetings. Many longstanding friendships were formed in this period when curiosity was such a potent force.

Original Caption

"End of a dictatorship"