Berlin Wall

In 1991, two years after the fall of the Berlin Wall I did a story for American Airlines about the reunification of East and West Berlin.  It was a difficult assignment because everyone on the East side was afraid I was KGB.  People would literally hide from me when trying to photograph them.

We flew to Frankfurt then took the train to Berlin.   At one point it stopped and we thought we were there.   No one was getting off or on so we knew something was up.  We asked some German teenagers what was going on and they told us they were switching the engine from electric to steam because there were no electrical lines and  the tracks were in very bad shape so we would now be going very slow.  This was my first experience of the effects of communism.

The photos of art on the Wall below were all taken from the West side.  They would have never been allowed on the East.  I really hope that some of this was preserved.  It would be a shame for it to be lost forever.

Berlin Wall

History of the Wall

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