On Aug. 13, 1961, East German soldiers began constructing a barbed wire and brick barrier between Soviet-controlled East Berlin, and the democratic western section of the city.

The barrier was soon replaced by a six-foot-high, 96-mile-long wall of concrete blocks, complete with guard towers and machine gun posts.

The wall between Berlin's eastern and western sectors, would divide the city for the next 28 years.

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