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Checkpoint Charlie monument becomes history


There were protests in Germany as a monument became just a memory

The demonstration was against the destruction of a rebuilt section of the Berlin wall and more than a thousand crosses. They commemorated Germans who died trying to flee communist-ruled East Germany. The unofficial memorial was set up the Checkpoint Charlie Museum, which draws its name from the famous Cold War border crossing in Berlin. The museum leased the area from a German credit company. But when the lease ended, a court in the city ordered the crosses to be removed. It was a controversial end to a debate that had been heating up in the German capital for months. Protestors accused the authorities of not wanting to commemorate those who died trying to cross from East to West Germany Opponents said the memorial was tasteless and lacking historical accuracy. The Berlin Wall came down amid much celebration in 1989.
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