Where in the World is the Berlin Wall?

Countless pieces of the Berlin Wall were scattered around the world after it came down in 1989. More than 240 of these sections - each weighing several tonnes - were sought out for this book. They stand on every continent in more than 140 locations. The stories in this book highlight the many ways in which the pieces of the Berlin Wall have been used to commemorate the wall and the Cold War more generally.

Anna Kaminsky: Where in the World is the Berlin Wall?, Berlin 2014.

Coming to Terms: Dealing with the Communist Past in United Germany

Written in collaboration with the Foundation by Bernd Schaefer, Senior Research Scholar with the Cold War International History Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington D.C., this brochure provides an overview of salient features and important institutions pertaining to processes of coming to terms with the communist past in Germany since 1990.

Berlin, March 2011


The International Vademecums series has thus far produced twelve country-specific issues: Republic of Moldova, Spain, Bulgaria, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Scandinavia, and Great Britain. They provide an overview of the archives, research institutes, libraries, political education institutions, associations, museums and memorials found in each country.

Some can be downloaded, while the rest can be retrieved in print form via mail order.

The Berlin Wall Memorial Center on Bernauer Strasse is the main memorial site of divided Germany, located in the center of the German capital. Alongside the exhibit at the former border strip, a permanent exhibition entitled 1961 | 1989. The Berlin Wall was opened in November 2014, providing information about the political and historical context. The exhibition catalog amply illustrates the history of a divided Germany. With essays by Marianne Birthler, Katja Böhme, Klaus-Dietmar Henke, Elke Kimmel, Axel Klausmeier, Kay Kufeke, Susanne Muhle, Maria Nooke, Gerhard Sälter, Günter Schlusche, Cornelia Thiele and Hermann Wentker.

Axel Klausmeier (Hg.), The Berlin Wall. Ausstellungskatalog der Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer. Englische Ausgabe, Beriln 2015

The Victims at the Berlin Wall 1961-1989

This handbook addresses the question as to how many people actually died along the Berlin Wall between 1961 and 1989. Placing these deaths in contemporary historical context, background documentaries explore the circumstances under which these men and women died at the Wall. In addition to systematically researching the relevant archives and examining all the legal proceedings and Stasi documents, the authors conducted interviews with family members and others involved in the events.

Hans-Herrmann Hertle, Maria Nooke (Hg), The Victims at the Berlin Wall 1961-1989. A Biographical Handbook, March 2011

The Victims at the Berlin-Brandenburg Border 1961-1989

At least 46 people were killed by GDR border guards while trying to cross the outer ring of the Berlin Wall separating the East German region of Brandenburg from West Berlin. This book documents the biographies of these victims, who are also commemorated with memorial steles at the inner German border.

Hans-Hermann Hertle, Maria Nooke: Die Todesopfer am Außenring der Berliner Mauer 1961-1989. The Victims at the Berlin-Brandenburg Border 1961-1989, bilingual edition, Berlin, Potsdam 2013

Tunnel 57 – A True Escape Story

This historical comic book is an escape helper's first-person account of the construction of a tunnel beneath the divided city of Berlin in 1964: from the preparations on the West Berlin side, the digging of the 145 meters-long tunnel into East Berlin, the tunnel opening and the successful escape on the first day, as well as the dramatic events on the second day which entailed severe consequences.

Thomas Henseler, Susanne Buddenberg: Tunnel 57. A True Escape Story, Berlin 2013.

The Other View – The Early Berlin Wall

Around 1965/66, soldiers from the East German border patrol took pictures of the inner-city wall over a length of about forty kilometres, producing more than one thousand views of West Berlin. Photographer Arwed Messmer (born 1964 in Schopfheim) digitally reconstructed these images to create about three hundred panoramas, and author Annett Gröschner (born 1964 in Magdeburg) supplied them with captions. Supplementing these captioned photos are portraits of soldiers, snapshots, and reports of escape attempts, which together recall everyday occurrences along the border.

Arwed Messmer, Annett Gröschner, Martin Hager: The Other View Early Berlin Wall Around, 2011

The Berlin Wall Story

Where did the Berlin Wall actually stand? Why was it built? How did people manage to escape across the Wall - and how many died in the attempt? Why did it ultimately come down? A stunning survey of the Berlin Wall - the central symbol of the Cold War.

Hans-Hermann Hertle: The Berlin Wall Story, Bonn 2016


Anna Funder is an archaeologist whose excavation site is the German past. Unburdened by history, memory or any kind of East-West ideology, she speaks to victims and perpetrators, fellow travellers, collaborators, agents, resistance fighters and heroes, capturing their stories in the process.

Anna Funder: Stasiland, 2011.

What was the Berlin Wall? The History of Divided Berlin

This book forges a bridge from the liberation of Germany in May 1945 to the fall of the Wall in November 1989. It tells the story of the people whose lives were changed, often even destroyed, by the Wall. The reader learns about politicians and heroes, rogues and hacks, major and minor concerns - and about the popular struggle for a free city of Berlin.
Magdalena Schupelius, Gunnar Schupelius: What was the Berlin Wall? The History of Divided Berlin, 2016.

Letters Over the Wall: Life in Communist East Germany

Four East Germans corresponded for decades with an American teacher, openly sharing their frustrations, joys, and challenges of living in a communist country. Author David F. Strack kept those personal letters and has now distilled them into a riveting memoir about what life was like behind the Iron Curtain.

David F. Strack: Letters Over The Wall: Life in Communist East Germany, 2015

Finanzierung von Zeitzeugengesprächen

Das Koordinierende Zeitzeugenbüro des Bundes bietet Finanzierungsmöglichkeiten für Veranstaltungen mit Zeitzeugen. Die Mitarbeiter sind zu erreichen unter Tel. 030 / 98 60 82 414/447 oder Email: info(at)

Informationsblatt Finanzierung

Tipps für das Gespräch für Zeitzeugen und für Lehrende

Das Koordinierende Zeitzeugenbüro ist eine gemeinsame Servicestelle der Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen, der Bundesstiftung Aufarbeitung und der Stiftung Berliner Mauer. Gefördert von der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien.

Ein Leitfaden für Lehrkräfte

Der Leitfaden liefert Lehrkräften und Bildungsmultiplikatoren praktische Hinweise zur Organisation und Durchführung, zur Moderation sowie zur Vor- und Nachbereitung von Zeitzeugengesprächen. Er informiert über Gepräche am historischen Ort und bietet weiterführende Literatur.

Sie können den Leitfaden hier kostenfrei bestellen oder als PDF herunterladen.

Contemporary Witnesses of Divided Germany

The brochure provides information on the portal, presents the educational offers of the Federal Foundation for the Study of Communist Dictatorship in East Germany as well as memorial sites and museums in Berlin and Brandenburg with English-language offers. 

You can download and order the broschure for free in our publication shop.

DDR-Geschichte vermitteln

Diese Website sammelt Materialien und Medien, Handreichungen und Praxisreflexionen zur historisch-politischen Bildung über das Thema „DDR-Geschichte“. Verflechtungen mit der westdeutschen Geschichte und europäischen Kontexten sind berücksichtigt. Ein Schwerpunkt liegt hier auf kostenlos verfügbaren Online-Ressourcen. Ein Projekt des Bildungswerks der Humanistischen Union NRW

Zeitzeugenerinnerungen und -interviews

Im Archiv der Bundesstiftung Aufarbeitung finden sich zahlreiche Zeitzeugen- erinnerungen, die als lebensgeschichtliche Interviews vor allem Auskunft über das Wirken in Opposition und Widerstand, aber auch über Haftzeiten und Lageralltag geben.

Eine Übersicht über weitere Archiv- und Erinnerungsorte, die Zeitzeugeninterviews aufbewahren, finden Sie hier [mehr]

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Leitfaden für Zeitzeugengespräche

Der Leitfaden für Zeitzeugengespräche, veröffentlicht vom Grenzlandmuseum Eichsfeld, gibt anschauliche Tipps und Anleitungen zur Vorbereitung, Durchführung und Nachbereitung von Interviews mit Zeitzeugen.

Die Broschüre ist für Schüler didaktisch aufbereitet und bietet auch für Lehrer und andere Akteure der historisch-politischen Bildungsarbeit zahlreiche methodische Anregungen und Informationen.

>>Hier<< gibt es den Leitfaden (PDF zum Download)

Gefördert wurde der Leitfaden mit den Mitteln der Bundesstiftung Aufarbeitung.