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Rise and the Fall of the Berlin Wall New German collections at

16 March 2009

The Bridgeman Art Library is delighted to announce its partnership with three new German collections, strong in 20th century German social and political history.

This coincides with the forthcoming 20th anniversary this November of the fall of the Berlin wall which for nearly three decades kept East and West Berliners apart.

We have prepared two lightboxes of images conveying life for East Germans around the heavily guarded Berlin wall as well as the jubilant celebration of its fall. Most of these images have been high resolution scanned and are available for immediate downloading via our website.

H.P. Stiebing Over 180 photographs documenting the opening of the border in Germany.
SZ Archive Photo archive of the Munich-based daily newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung.
Conveying 20th century German social and political history including poignant photographs of relatives separated by the Iron Curtain as well as life for civilians during WWII and its aftermath. Nearly 300 images catalogued with access to many more.
The Deutsches Historisches Museum (DHM, German Historical Museum)
Documents the construction of the Berlin Wall and history of GDR. More than 500 images catalogued.

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