Light to build the Wall
There are no traces left of the border that once ran between the districts of Mitte and Kreuzberg – right along the banks of Engelbecken pond. Wolfgang Gerhardt, an electrician at VEB Volksbau, was sent to work at this location. On 13 August 1961 he is contracted to light up a big new building site on the border.
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.