Monday, August 13, 2012

On August 13

On this day in ...
... 1961, "Berliners wake[d] to a divided city," as the BBC put it. Cause for the headline was the overnight placement by East German troops (right) of 6-foot-tall barbed wire fences separating East Berlin from the city's Western side, and so "shutting off the escape route for thousands of refugees from the East." (The BBC reported that nearly 12,500 persons had fled in the previous week, 3,000 of them in the previous 24 hours.) Train and auto traffic also was blocked. Protests played out on the streets and through diplomatic channels; nevertheless, the city would remain separated for decades, till the tearing down of the Berlin Wall in November 1989.

(Prior August 13 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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