East-West Tale of a Sundered City

After 25 years of the Wall, Berliners still long for unity

It is 13 feet high and 28 miles long and cuts a historic city into two wounded worlds. More than a barrier made of concrete, it is a powerful symbol of the cold war tensions that continue to divide East and West. It is the Berlin Wall, the place where rival political and economic systems come together but cannot meet, and this month is the 25th anniversary of its erection. "In the beginning it was just a wall," says Peter Werner, 49, a designer- architect who lives in West Berlin. "Then they made it more and more perfect with an inner...

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