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Chapter 7
The portioned border

Sale of wall pieces, picture taken between 15 November 1989 and 15 January 1990 in Berlin, near Brandenburg Gate
Sale of wall pieces, picture taken between 15 November 1989 and 15 January 1990 in Berlin, near Brandenburg Gate | Photo: Jürgen Lottenburger © wir-waren-so-frei.de

As a memory, many wall-peckers keep "their piece of the Wall". What they just enthusiastically knocked out of the concrete is already capitalized a few seconds later: Professionals dismantle the former state border and sell it in portions to tourists and all those who have forgotten their tools. 

In November 1998, a piece of the Wall cost 5 Deutsche Mark.

A piece of wall from the former German-German border A piece of wall from the former German-German border | Photo: Andreas Ludwig The Berliner Tagesspiegel reports about a demolition entrepreneur who buys concrete segments of the wall, systematically dismantles them, in case of doubt puts the spray can back on and finally brings them to the market with a "certificate of authenticity" that has not dried up for years. Even today, these souvenirs can still be bought in museum shops - wherever the supplies come from.

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