For 28 years, the Berlin Wall divided the city and tore apart friends and family. Comic book artists Susanne Buddenberg and Thomas Henseler interviewed contemporary witnesses and recorded their stories. Five authentic tales bring to life a past which, although not far away, seems hardly imaginable now: A young woman tries to leave East Germany with a fake ID card. A refugee is shot on the border, and no one can come to his rescue. An entire family hides in an East German government building near the Wall, hoping to flee from here into the West. A young man covertly photographs the border fortifications and falls into the clutches of the secret police. An East Berlin student ventures into West Berlin and experiences the party of a lifetime.
Berlin - A City Divided also takes us to the original locations of the stories: Friedrichstrasse Station, Bernauer Strasse, Wilhelmstrasse, the Brandenburg Gate, and the former border crosssing in the Bornholmer Strasse, where readers can search for remnants of the dramatic events.
With the financial support of the Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship
A great way for adults and kids alike to find out more about Berlin's history.
The Daily Star Lebanon