Checkpoint Charlie

On August 13, 1961 the East German authorities closed the border between East and West Berlin, and started building the Berlin Wall. Checkpoint Charlie was the name given on the Western side to the most important border crossing.

Today part of the checkpoint is kept as a reminder of the past, and next to it is the Checkpoint Charlie Museum, an exhibition about the Cold War in divided Berlin. I bought this t-shirt there when Anki and I visited Berlin in 2002 or 2003 and stayed at the Swedish Residence with Ambassador Carl Tham. Anki had been his Press Secretary when he was Swedish Minister of Education.

We were there on November 9, the anniversary of the horrible Kristallnacht of 1938, when the Nazis attacked Jewish homes and shops. On the same day we also visited the Jewish Museum in Berlin and could see the destruction documented.

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