The Berlin Wall Day-to-Day Life during the Cold War
The Wall was a profound expression of the Cold War. Isolating West Berlin as an "island" surrounded by communist East Germany, it firmly divided the city in two. In West Berlin, which fancied itself a beacon of freedom behind the iron curtain, alternative lifestyle flourished and attracted the likes of David Bowie and Iggy Pop. By contrast, East Berlin sought to showcase the superiority of communism, but paid a high price for their efforts. Representative boulevards such as the former "Stalinallee" were offset by the infamous Ministry of State Security, the Stasi, and a border that threatened the life of anyone who dared to cross it. On our tour we will explore both the perspective of those in power and of those ordinary Berliners whose everyday lives were impacted by the Wall.