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As revolutions against the Soviet Union rose through the 1980s, people in the GDR started to demand greater personal and political freedoms, as well as that of movement, and protesters demanded they be allowed into the West.
After Hungary and the then Czechoslovakia opened their borders to East Germany, defectors began to drain from the country and the Government found it increasingly difficult to refuse calls to open legal crossings.
By 1949, Germany had become two separate countries - The Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany), run by the Allies, and the German Democratic Republic (East Germany), run by the Soviet Union.
Although Berlin was in East Germany, as the capital it was also shared between Britain, France, America and the Soviet Union.
The finished wall was made up of a 66 mile concrete section that was 3.6 metres high, with a further 41 miles of barbed wire fencing and more than 300 manned look-out towers.
It did not just go through the centre of the city – it completely encircled all of West Berlin, which was surrounded by the communist GDR.
The wall divided friends, families and loved ones, causing people on both sides to lose their jobs and livelihoods if trapped on the wrong side.
In total, about 5,000 people are thought to escaped East Germany by crossing the wall – including more than 1,300 guards.
Heinz Meixner famously cut out his car’s windscreen and ducked underneath the barrier at Checkpoint Charlie, as he sped through with his mother in the boot.Sunday will mark 25 years since the Berlin Wall was torn down, ending almost 30 years of division in the German capital.It had been constructed overnight and on the night of 9 November 1989 it fell, with thousands of East Germans travelling to the barrier to demand the gates be opened.He was also a member of the centre-right CDU party, which was quickly made illegal by the GDR and rented a flat in the West.The wall was still mostly a barbed wire barrier at the time and he hoped to break through with a well-timed run on what he believed was a poorly-guarded stretch.