Showing posts with label Berlin Wall. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Berlin Wall. Show all posts

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Berlin Job - And the Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall

The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall is a TED-Ed lesson that was released last week. It's a fine primer on the basics of the Berlin Wall, but it is not anything that on its own is going to wow a history teacher. After watching the TED-Ed video I went back into my archives to find a couple of resources about the Berlin Wall that I find interesting and that some of my students did too.

The Berlin Job, hosted on the Google Cultural Institute, is a photo essay by Peter Millar. Millar was a a British journalist who lived in East Germany from 1981 to 1990. Millar's essay blends images and stories about the political aspect of life in East Berlin with stories and images of daily life in East Berlin. The essay concludes with stories of the lead-up and eventual fall of the Berlin Wall. The photo essay does a great job of helping readers understand East Berlin and the eventual fall of the Berlin Wall from a more human perspective and less of a "history lesson" perspective.

The Wilson Center's Digital Archive is a resource that I have used many times when I need primary source documents to use in lesson plans related to the Cold War. Within the Wilson Center's Digital Archive there is a collection of documents organized around the topic of the Berlin Wall. The documents in the collection are arranged chronologically as it relates to the building, maintenance, and eventual dismantling of the Berlin Wall.

And now back to the TED-Ed lesson that started this post. The video from the lesson is embedded below.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Sights and Sounds of the Berlin Wall

Sunday will mark 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. To mark the occasion, SoundCloud (a German company) has produced a 7 minute 32 second recording of sounds of the Berlin wall. The recording is that length to match the amount of time it would have taken for a sound to travel the length of the Berlin Wall. The recording features sounds of guards, dogs, gunfire, and politicians. Along the soundtrack you will see annotations. Each annotation lists a person who died trying to cross the wall.

The Google Cultural Institute has exhibitions about the fall of the Berlin Wall. Visions of Division is a collection of images, videos, and text documenting the history of division of Berlin. The Fall of the Berlin Wall takes viewers through the events leading to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Watching the fall of the Berlin Wall was one of the moments in my childhood when I realized that I really enjoyed learning about world events. I distinctly remember watching the ABC Nightly News that evening (on and old black and white T.V., we got a color T.V. for Christmas six weeks later). On YouTube I found some clips from that broadcast. I've embedded one of those clips below.


H/T to The Next Web for the SoundCloud recording. 

Monday, November 9, 2009

More on the Berlin Wall from CNN Student News

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Last week CNN Student News had a video tour of the remains of the Berlin Wall. Yesterday, I posted a video produced by CBS News about the Fall of the Berlin Wall. This morning's episode of CNN Student News contains another segment about the Berlin Wall. Today's segment is about the Wall Museum at Checkpoint Charlie. The video is embedded below.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Fall of the Berlin Wall - Video and Photos

Tomorrow, November 9, marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. CBS News has two visual resources looking back at the events of November 1989. The Fall of the Berlin Wall is a slideshow of twelve images with captions from twenty years ago. Berlin Wall in Pictures is a three minute documentary of the political circumstances leading up to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the fall Berlin Wall.

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President Reagan's speech at the Brandendburg gate.


1962 - Road to the Wall.


ABC News doesn't allow embedding of its clips, but you can view Peter Jennings reporting the news of the Wall's fall here.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Google Earth Historical Imagery of Berlin

Today, on their Lat Long Blog, Google announced the addition of historical imagery of Berlin to Google Earth. The new imagery includes images from 1945 and 1953. For more historical imagery, turn on the Rumsey Historical Maps layer in Google Earth.

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Next week marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The historical imagery in Google Earth could be a good way to show students the changes in Berlin over the last 64 years.

Timelines.com has some good information about the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Here is a related item that may be of interest to you:
Touring the Remains of the Berlin Wall

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Touring the Remains of the Berlin Wall

Today's episode of CNN Student News features a look at the remains of the Berlin Wall. Next Monday marks the twenty year anniversary of the wall's dismantling. The segment provides a concise history of the wall. The video is embedded below.


Two years prior to the wall coming down, President Reagan told Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down this wall." The video of Reagan's speech from that day is embedded below.