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An East German soldier helping a boy cross the newly formed ‘Berlin Wall,’ 1961. The boy was found on the opposite side of the wall from his family. Despite given orders by the East German government to let no one pass, the soldier helped the boy through the barbwire.

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THIS DAY IN WWI: FEB 10,1916 - German Government Warns America that Armed Merchantmen will be Sunk. Pictured - A Willy Stower painting of a U-boat sinking an American ship.

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In "The Puzzle People," I depict the blowing up of this church in East Berlin. When the Berlin Wall went up in 1961, a church was caught in the "death strip"--the no-man's land between the inner and outer walls. This church, ironically known as the Church of Reconciliation, remained in the death strip until 1985, when the East German government decided that a church trapped between two walls made bad public relations. So they blew up the church. This image just added to their bad P.R.

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“les malgré-nous” - “Against our will” POWs being force marched in the snow to Tambov Prison Camp, Russia 1942 In August 1942, the German government decided that all men from Alsace and Lorraine regions born between 1908 and 1928 were to be enlisted...

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Reinhold Kulle. Former member of an SS Death’s Head battalion, a group of concentration camp guards. He moved to the U.S. after the war and became a citizen, settling in the Chicago area. Following an investigation by the Department of Justice’s OSI, he was deported to West Germany in 1987. The West German government considered trying him but eventually opted against it.

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1989, Nov 9: Berlin Wall. East German government announced that all GDR citizens could visit West Germany and West Berlin. Crowds of East Germans crossed and climbed onto the wall, joined by West Germans on the other side in a celebratory atmosphere. Over the next few weeks, a euphoric public and souvenir hunters chipped away parts of the wall; the governments later used industrial equipment to remove most of the rest. The fall of the Berlin Wall paved the way for German reunification…

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