Photographer's Note

Most people have the Berlin in mind wall when thinking of the once divided Germany. But apart from that here was a so called "inner german border" (innerdeutsche Grenze) which divided the whole of Germany. The inner german border was 1400 km in length and was equally secured as the berlin wall. To the west there was the federal republic of germany (Bundesrepublik Deutschland, BRD), to the east was the german democratic republic (Deutsche Demokratische Republik, DDR). The wall along the border was called the anti-fascist protection wall (antifaschistischer Schutzwall). According to DDR officials its purpose was to protect DDR citizens from capitalist intruders. In reality it simply kept DDR citizens from leaving their country. In 1989, when the Berlin Wall came down, so did the inner german border. People were reunited after 28 years of division.
Everyone who tried to pass this boarder before the fall of the wall risked his life. Border guards with "shoot on sight orders", mine fields, IED devices and attack dogs.
The place shown here was the former Point alpha, an american military station at the border between Hessen and Thüringen in the Rhön mountains. The place was a hottest spot on the inner german border, now it is a museum. It is there to remind us that what seems so normal now (crossing from one village to another) was impossible and life threatening for a long time.

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Additional Photos by Franz Xaver Huber (frunchy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 193 W: 53 N: 355] (1800)
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