BERLIN: The Wall Triumphant

It was still pitch dark when the Soviet T-345 tanks clattered up to Brandenburg Gate and East German soldiers began unloading the first concrete blocks and the barbed wire. As the day dawned, crowds of Berliners gathered to watch what was happening: the building of a giant wall through the heart of their city. Last week, on the 15th anniversary of that gray morning, thousands of East German Communists paraded near the 25-mile barricade to celebrate it as a protection against "Western revanchists and provocateurs." On the Western side, the Christian Democrats countered with a solemn torchlight march to...

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