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Berlin, Tauentzienstr. at night / 1960
Berlin,
Tauentzienstra├če.

Tauentzienstra├če at night with neon signs.

Photo, c. 1960 (Kurt Hartmann, Leipzig, GDR).
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West Berlin: An "Island of Freedom"
For forty years, from 1949 to 1989, West Berlin existed as an "Island of Freedom" surrounded entirely by Communism. Those forty years are said to have cost 1,000,000,000,000 (one trillion) Marks, financed not only by taxpayers in West Germany, but also by the USA, France, Britain and the European Community.

To commemorate 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, we look through our photo archives for some of our favourite images of life in West Berlin.