Commemorative sites

Located along the former course of the Wall, the Berlin Wall Memorial provides information on the political backdrop of the division of Berlin, on escape attempts, and on individual fates. Other documentation centers focusing on postwar history, German division, and the history of the GDR can be found at various places in the city.

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Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Strasse

Link to: Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Strasse
Image: Jürgen Hohmuth

The Berlin Wall Memorial is the central memorial site recalling German division. More information

Marienfelde Refugee Center Museum (Erinnerungsstätte Notaufnahmelager Marienfelde)

Link to: Marienfelde Refugee Center Museum (Erinnerungsstätte Notaufnahmelager Marienfelde)
Image: ENM – Andreas Tauber

The story of East German refugees’ flight to the west is documented here at the historic site of this former refugee center. More information

Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial (Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen)

Link to: Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial (Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen)
Image: Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen/Gvoon

The site of the Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial is linked like almost no other with the history of political persecution in the Soviet occupation zone and the GDR. More information

Memorial for Günter Litfin

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Image: SenStadt

On 24 August 1961, Günter Litfin was shot and killed by members of the transport police as he attempted to flee to West Berlin. He became the first victim of shots fired at the border between East and West Berlin after the Wall went up on 13 August 1961. This memorial was established in memory of Günter Litfin and of all the other victims of the SED regime who were killed or injured on the GDR border. More information

Wall memorial in the Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus

This memorial lists the number of known and confirmed deaths for each year on original segments of the Wall (based on research done by December 2003). More information