A tricky journey to school
On 13 August 1961 Hildegard Köppel lived in Prenzlauer Berg in East Berlin but went to school in Charlottenburg in the West. As a result, she often turned up at class without her history book after it had been confiscated at the border on her way to school.
In 2011, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Wall going up, the rbb interviewed Berliners to find out what the division of the city meant to them. The Wall had a profound impact on the way each person went about their daily lives - no matter what side they found themselves on. Overnight people were cut off from their friends and relatives, from their offices, factories and schools, and from places where they enjoyed spending their leisure time. The division of the city tore families apart, ruptured biographies and claimed many lives.