Berlin, Bernauer Straße/Eberswalder Straße
Bernauer Straße 67, 13355 Berlin, Deutschland
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The changes of the Berlin Wall

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Michael Cramer was a member of the football club in Ennepetal. The Ennepetal Football Club made a trip to West Berlin in 1963 and for this trip, his aunt gave him a camera. This was the first camera he had owned and he took some of his very first photos on the Bernauer Straβe Street. At that time, there was a podium from which you could take a look at the other side. Cramer stresses that: “We just didn’t know any directions. It didn’t matter to us whether it was north, south or west, everywhere there was east.” Cramer was particularly astonished by a corner building on the Eberswalder Straβe Street. Every time he visited Berlin, he went there to observe how much the city façade and the Wall had changed: how the windows had been covered with bricks, how the houses had been demolished over the years, and so on.

Michael Cramer

Michael Cramer

Michael Cramer was born in the middle of West Germany in 1949 and already as a child he came into contact with the issue of the division of Germany through the friends of his parents. After he completed his studies in Mainz, he moved to West Berlin, where he lived very close to the wall and he also repeatedly made trips to the eastern part of the city. He worked as a teacher and in 1989, he was voted to the German parliament for the Greens where he devoted himself predominantly to issues of transport and traffic policy. His initiative of the “Berlin-Wall Trail” – a bicycle route along the former Berlin Wall – dates back to this period. After he was elected to the European Parliament in 2004, he expanded this initiative to encompass all of Europe and called it the “Iron Curtain Trail,” a 9,000 kilometer-long bicycle path along the former Iron Curtain. He has already biked large parts of this trail himself due to the fact that since 1979 Cramer hasn’t owned an automobile.

Berlin, Bernauer Straße/Eberswalder Straße

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Die Eberswalder Straße ist eine Straße in der Berliner Innenstadt. Sie beginnt als eine Verlängerung der Bernauer Straße. Beides liegt im Ortsteil Prenzlauer Berg im Bezirk Pankow. Mit Beginn des Mauerbaus im Jahre 1961 querte der Grenzstreifen die Kreuzung genau am Übergang zu der Bernauer Straße. Im Herbst 1961 wurde eine fünf Meter hohe Sichtblende aus Holz errichtet, um einen Blickkontakt mit Westberlinern über die Sperranlagen hinweg zu verhindern. Etwas später wurde diese Sichtblende durch eine große und massive Betonmauer ersetzt.

Berlin, Bernauer Straße/Eberswalder Straße

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The changes of the Berlin Wall

The changes of the Berlin Wall

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