THE BER­LIN WALL GETS A WALL

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

“What re­mains of the Ber­lin Wall, a for­mi­da­ble bar­rier that sep­a­rated East from West for 28 years un­til it was pulled down in 1989, is now get­ting its own bar­rier to pro­tect it from tourists. A per­ma­nent rail­ing is be­ing in­stalled in the Ger­man cap­i­tal to stop vis­i­tors from leav­ing their own his­toric mark on it — or from tak­ing a lit­tle Cold War relic home with them,” says Cather­ine Hick­ley, a re­porter for The Art News­pa­per, a New York City-based pub­li­ca­tion.

The wall was des­ig­nated a her­itage site in 1990. Still, the long­est in­tact por­tion of the wall still stand­ing faces threats from prop­erty de­vel­op­ment and van­dal­ism. Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties now have agreed to erect a pro­tec­tive bar­rier — com­plete with warn­ings in sev­eral lan­guages for­bid­ding vis­i­tors to touch, dec­o­rate or break off pieces of the orig­i­nal wall.

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