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7000 Lights

A spectacular light show will take place in Berlin later this evening as 7,000 illuminated helium balloons will be released into the night sky.
The balloons are currently perched along the site of the former Wall, on poles of almost 12 ft high – the same height as the barrier built in 1961 by Community East Germany.
The balloon display, which dramatically illustrates how the Wall cut through the heart of Berlin, is also porous to enable people to easily move back and forth between the former East and West Berlin.

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The Berlin Wall was built in 1961 to stop East Germans fleeing to the West. It began as a brick wall and was then fortified as a heavily guarded 100 mile double white concrete screen that encircled West Berlin, slicing across streets, between families, and even through graveyards.
At least 138 people were killed trying to escape to West Berlin and many who were captured ended up in jail.
Last updated Sun 9 Nov 2014

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