What did East Berlin do to stop people from going to West Berlin?
The Berlin Wall was a barrier that divided Germany from 1961 to 1989. Constructed by the German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany) starting on August 13, 1961, the Wall completely cut off West Berlin from surrounding East Germany and from East Berlin until government officials opened it in November 1989.
What methods did the East Germans use to get to West Berlin?
Many East Germans crossed the wall illegally by climbing over it, sailing around it, or digging under it, while many others died while attempting to cross.
Why did East Germany prevent people from leaving?
Some fled for political reasons, but many were impelled to leave by specific social and political events. The imposition of collective agriculture and the crushing of the 1953 East German uprising prompted thousands to flee to the West, as did further coercive economic restructuring in 1960.
How was West Berlin supplied?
The only way to supply the city was by the three air corridors into Berlin from Hamburg, Hanover and Frankfurt. Britain, the United States and other Western Allies flew aircrafts of supplies into Berlin’s Tempelhof, Gatow and Tegal airports.
Can you leave East Germany?
The East German constitution of 1949 granted citizens a theoretical right to leave the country, though it was hardly respected in practice. Even this limited right was removed in the constitution of 1968 which confined citizens’ freedom of movement to the area within the state borders.
What was East Germany’s biggest problem after it opened its borders?
What was East Germany’s biggest problem after it opened its borders? East Germany lost large numbers of skilled workers.