The Berlin Wall: 30 Years Ago
The wall enclosed West Berlin from 1961 to 1989 in an attempt to prevent East Germans from fleeing to the west.
The wall was initially barbed wire fencing and evolved into a fortified concrete barrier with armed East German border guards.
When the wall fell the Soviet Union stepped back and let East Germany’s communist government fall.
As part of the commemoration of events, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited the country.
He said it was the work of democratic nations that created freedom and brought millions of people out of very difficult situations.