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|Summary:||Nation marks 47th anniversary of Berlin Wall's construction|
|Date:||08/13/2008 02:39 PM|
|People:||Klaus Wowereit , Wolfgang Tiefensee|
August 13, 2008
1. Pan from right to left over Berlin Wall memorial site in Bernauer street
2. Mid of memorial panel with inscription, reading: (German) "Memorial to the Berlin Wall, in memory of the division of the city on 13 August 1961 until 9 November 1989 and in the memory of victims of communist violence."
3.Current Mayor of Berlin Klaus Wowereit walking towards memorial site
4. Close of banners at memorial site, reading: (German) "In memory of the victims of the Berlin Wall"
5. Pan to flowers at foot of memorial
6. SOUNDBITE: (German) Klaus Wowereit, Mayor of Berlin:
"It is very important because on one side we must remember the victims and that is a commitment of every generation and also show on the other side that the Wall and dictatorship like the DDR should not be allowed to happen again and that is duty of every generation."
7. Various of photographic images of Berlin Wall at memorial site
8. People looking through gap in part of original Berlin Wall at memorial site
9. Close shot through gap
August 12, 2008
10. Mid of Artist Ben Wagin at another former site of Berlin Wall near the Reichsstag in Berlin Mitte
11. Metal sculpture of human beings with sunflowers
12. Wagin marking where the Wall stood, pan to section of Wall still standing
13. Wide of trees planted in memory of victims of Berlin Wall
14. Zoom in to part of original wall still standing in area know as Parliament of Trees
Germany marked the 47th anniversary of the Berlin Wall's construction on Wednesday with Parliament President Norbert Lammert and Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit laying wreaths at a memorial at one of the few sections of the barrier still standing.
Communist East Germany started building the Berlin Wall on August 13, 1961.
East German leaders aimed to seal off their border with the capitalist enclave of West Berlin in an attempt to stop a haemorrhage of people to the West.
The so-called "anti-fascist protection rampart" stood for 28 years.
Its opening on November 9, 1989 was greeted with scenes of jubilation and was followed less than a year later by the demise of East Germany.
Much of the concrete wall, which snaked around West Berlin for 96 miles (160 kilometres), was swiftly demolished.
Berlin Mayor, Klaus Wowereit, said on Wednesday it was vital to "remember the victims and that is a commitment of every generation and also show on the other side that the Wall and dictatorship like the DDR should not be allowed to happen again and that is duty of every generation."
On Tuesday, artist Ben Wagin marked part of the ground in the new government sector of Berlin where the Berlin Wall formerly stood.
He did this to draw attention to the absence of original parts of the Wall still standing in Berlin and to highlight the importance of placing remaining parts under conservation.
Estimates of how many people died attempting to cross the Berlin Wall vary, researchers for the Berlin Wall Memorial said last week that their latest estimate is 136.
An estimated 700-800 died along the entire length of the border between East and West Germany, they said, while thousands of people managed to escape.
German cabinet minister Wolfgang Tiefensee, who is overseeing efforts to rebuild the former East Germany, which still struggles economically, said this week that the government is preparing celebrations in Berlin, Leipzig and elsewhere to mark next year's 20th anniversary of the wall's fall and the peaceful protests that led to it.