Exhibition theme: A Semblance of Normalcy: Border fortification at Checkpoint Charlie [1/19]



October 7 1989
Berlin, Friedrichstraße border crossing (Checkpoint Charlie)
Created By: Jürgen Lottenburger

License: Creative Commons License

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Border Soldiers on High Alert at Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin, 7 October 1989

The border fortification at the Friedrichstraße border crossing (Checkpoint Charlie), one of seven street crossings between East and West Berlin (between the Soviet and US American sectors) while the Wall was up, on the 40th anniversary of the founding of the GDR. Checkpoint Charlie was designated for use by foreign nationals, affiliates of the Allied Forces and diplomats.


barrier grid, border fence, border guard, camera, group of people, guard room, man, October 7, 1989, red flag, tollgate, traffic sign


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Ministry for State Security


Checkpoint Charlie

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Many people who experienced the final summer of SED rule in East Germany recall how fragile reality seemed at the time. The incongruity between the way normal citizens experienced reality and the way it was perceived by GDR leaders was all too apparent. People were increasingly articulating this discrepancy. Minor concessions, as in the case of travel, for instance, were intended to improve the mood within the population. Rising protest against living conditions continued to be nipped in the bud. That summer nobody could have imagined that the dream of freedom would soon be reality.