Where in the World is the Berlin Wall

Illustrated book Where in the World is the Berlin Wall

After the Berlin Wall was dismantled, sections of the wall became much sought after collectors’ items and works of art. The Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship set off to locate the many sections of the Berlin Wall and tells their stories in this richly illustrated book.

A section of the Berlin Wall stands in front of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

A new English edition of the book "Where in the World is the Berlin Wall" is now available

Photo: John Martorana/Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

When the Berlin Wall fell on 9 November 1989, the symbol of oppression and lack of liberty overnight became synonymous with the successful fight of the East Germans to regain their freedom. Since then the painted sections of the Wall have become memorials to democracy and liberty around the world.

For the book "Where in the World is the Berlin Wall" the Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship managed to locate more than 240 sections of the Berlin Wall across six continents. Numerous photos bear witness to the different ways these sections are used. The book also recounts curious, exciting and tragic tales linked to the 2.6 tonne concrete sections of the Wall.

The managing director of an Italian cement factory, for instance, managed to purchase one of 70 sections of the Berlin Wall at an international auction in Monaco for some 20,000 marks. Fittingly, he erected the historical concrete artefact in front of the cement factory's art museum in Merone. Today the museum no longer exists; the factory has long been sold; but the section of the Wall stands where it was erected.

Twenty-five years after the Berlin Wall fell, the Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship has published a new revised edition of "Where in the World is the Berlin Wall". The book is now available for the first time ever in English. Selected photos are also available online.