Social Effects of the Berlin Wall Essay

1066 Words May 10th, 2005 5 Pages
THESIS: From research and historical analysts, we can conclude that in many cases the people of Germany have been effected socially and economically by the building and construction of the Berlin Wall.

I. Background A. Beginning construction B. Closing borders C. Pre-Berlin Wall II. History A. Cold War B. World War II C. Economy III. Post- Berlin Wall effects A. Economic examples B. Political examples Conclusion

In the last fifty years the German Democratic Republic has been a nonstop changing country. In Germany, the terms "East" and "West" do not just represent geographically regions. It runs much deeper than that, and there is still a large gap in the way
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Although many Germans are no enjoying freedom, some miss how things used to be, even ones living in the West, where things were better for Germans during the wall's standing years. In the neat West Berlin neighborhood of Schöneberg, Kurt Galert frets impatiently in his apartment while his wife is out working to support the family (Wallace). The 52-year-old Galert was pushed into early retirement by an aviation company three years ago, and he blames the Ossis for taking his job. "They work for less money," Galert complains. "It's too late to put the Wall back, but I wouldn't mind if things were like they used to be."

Ten years after the Wall collapsed, it's difficult to find any physical traces of the concrete and barbed wire barrier that once divided Berlin in half culturally, politically, economically. While Berlin is a united city again, the two distinct worlds that existed on either side of the Wall have proved very resistant to change. As shown in these two men's lives, salaries and attitudes are changing much more slowly than the landscape.

In the United States, most would agree that the 18 to 25 year old voters are fairly liberal politically and morally. However, this is not true in Germany. There has been a notion that only older people in the East would vote for the Party of Democratic Socialism, but in a recent pole, 40% of young people in this area would vote for this party of former

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