In Situ: Mauerpark
Berlin, Germany
GPS: 52.543431, 13.403658; Mauerpark Gleimviertel, 10437 Berlin, Germany [The name translates to “Wall Park,” referring to its status as a former part of the Berlin Wall and its “Death Strip.” There were in fact two walls: a 20-foot inner wall, on the West Berlin side, and a shorter back wall. Between them was a militarized strip of land with anti-tank iron barricades, colloquially known as “Czech hedgehogs,” beds of nails, electrified fences, and guard towers with armed guards who would, and did, shoot; over one hundred attempted escapees were killed while fleeing by the time the Wall came down in 1989. This space between the walls was called the Death Strip.]
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