Checkpoint Charlie, the place in Berlin where the war separated the freedom of communism
Construction of the Berlin Wall began on August 13, 1961. One of the city's border crossings was built on the Friedrichstrasse. Today, Checkpoint Charlie is a special place to remember those times.
A boy from India sits on the right side of the red line in cubic stone, and his father on the left. The two shake hands and smile looking at the camera. The baby's mother presses the trigger.
Here, at the intersection of two streets, Friedrichstraße and Zimmerstraße, worked until 1990 the most famous border crossing in divided Berlin: Checkpoint Charlie.
The wall that separated hermetically the RDG and East Berlin from the western part of the city, between 13 August 1961 - 9 November 1989, disappeared.
Only the line of reddish-brown stones over which the Indian boy and his father shook hands in such a natural way is reminiscent of the existence of this painful border.
Even the observation post of the Western allies on the Friedrichstrasse was removed shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Today, it can be found in the Museum of the Allies in Berlin-Dahlem.
A barricade of sandbags was placed in front of the former observation post. For reasons of durability and stability, the bags are filled with concrete, as many tourists take pictures leaning on them.