The secret history of the Berlin Wall

Twenty years after it fell, Patrick Major analyses the brinkmanship, machinations and top secret manoeuvres that led to the building of the great icon of the Cold War

Children at the Berlin Wall on Sebastianstrasse, Berlin - Kreuzberg - in around 1964. (Photo by Lehnartz/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

This article was first published in the November 2009 issue of BBC History Magazine

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