Last week marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Berlin is a special place for me, my mother was born there and her family left Berlin for Australia about the same time the wall went up. When I visited the place of my ancestry last December, I was both fascinated and shocked to learn about the wall that divided Berlin for 28 years from 1961 – 1989.
Parts of the wall still stand and this particular section has been used for artistic expression, bringing emotional meaning to remnants of this dividing scar crossing Berlin. Many of the artworks portray the feelings of fright, uproar, and relief that Berlin’s inhabitants experienced during these terrifying moments in the city’s history.
The East Side Gallery is positioned along the bank of the river between Oberbaumbrücke (Oberbaum Bridge) and Ostbahnhof station, and stretches for 1.3km (0.8 miles) making it the longest open air gallery in the world.