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November 8, 2019

In Berlin, quirky reminders linger from East-West divide

Associated Press

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The border between Brandenburg and Berlin runs across the middle of the Glienicke Bridge on the Havel river. During the time of the division of Germany, the bridge gained fame as a site for exchanging foreign agents.

BERLIN — Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the German capital — divided for decades by bricks and barbed wire — has slowly grown back together. Few visible scars remain other than those intentionally left in place to remind Berliners and tourists of the brutal border that claimed the lives of scores of East Germans trying to flee the communist country.

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