An armoured water truck cleans the street of debris after the East German government ordered construction work to strengthen the border crossing at Heinrich-Heine- Strasse (aka Checkpoint Delta) on the Berlin Wall, December 4th, 1961 A car drives between US tanks, in October 1961, across the famous borderof the US sector in Berlin, at Checkpoint Charlie crossing point which was used by diplomats and foreigners
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Thousands of young East Berliners on the Berlin Wall, near the Brandenburg Gate on November 11th, 1989.

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