How did the Berlin wall affect East and West Berlin differently?  How did the Berlin wall affect East and West Berlin differently?  

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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For the East, the Berlin Wall was a barrier to prosperity. It kept in the strong totalitarian ideas and kept out the democratic ones. For the West, the wall was a symbol as well as a physical separation from the totalitarian ideas of the East.
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The Berlin Wall had a much greater impact on the East than it did on the West, but it still affected West Berlin.

The most important impact of the Wall on East Berlin was that it caged the people, curtailing their freedom.  The presence of the Wall made it so that people of the East could not escape from their repressive society and reach freedom in the West.

For West Berlin, the impact of the Wall was more positive.  On the bad side, it did prevent many from seeing relatives in the East.  However, the presence of the Wall made Berlin much more relevant that it otherwise would have been.  It made West Berlin a symbol of freedom for the whole Western world.  That is, for example, why Pres. Kennedy came to Berlin and gave his speech saying that he was a Berliner.

So, the building of the Berlin Wall was much more negative for people in East Berlin than it was for those in West Berlin.

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