On August 13, 1961 the Berlin Wall was built and devided the city of Berlin for more than 28 years. It was built to stop large numbers of defections and to prevent East Berliners from commuting to the West. A lot of suffering began for Germany when World War II started.
By the end of the war Germany was in the middle of a disaster waiting to happen. When.
WWII was over Germany was divided into four parts, which was United States, Great Britain, and France controlled the three divisions that were formed in the Western half, and the Eastern half was controlled by the Soviet Republic. The Western division united to make a federal republic, while the Eastern divisions became communist. Berlin layed deep within the Soviet part, the Allies thought it best to divide this capital. Berlin was also divided into four parts. The Soviet Union was in control of the eastern half of Germany. The Soviet Union made East Berlin the capital of East Germany.The other three counties were each in control of a small part of what was West Germany. These three countries decided that they would come together and make one country out of their three divided parts. These three parts formed West Germany. when all the land was divided the Soviet Union controlled East Germany. Just like the Soviet Union, the people in East Germany was struggling to get back on its feet after the war. While West Berlin became a lively urban area like many American cities, East Berlin was what many thought of as a "Mini-Moscow". In East Germany there was almost nothing. The shelves in the stores had hardly anything on them, and what was there was not in very good . .
On June 17, 1953 the workers in East Germany were mad, and they started a riot. At noon the riots had gotten really bad and the workers from East Germany were marching through the Brandenburg Gate into West Germany with to combine with workers from West Germany. All of this stoped when the Soviet Union called in tanks, and troops, to take care of the riots.