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Germany Marks Construction of the Berlin Wall

BERLIN -- The Berlin Wall's construction 50 years ago must be a constant reminder to citizens today to stand up for freedom and democracy, the city's mayor said Saturday as a united Germany commemorated the bitter anniversary.Seeing Berlin divided by the wall tore apart the country as well as separating the city's streets, neighbors and families, mayor Klaus Wowereit said at a televised ceremony."It is our shared responsibility to keep the memory alive and to pass it on to the coming generations as a reminder to stand up for freedom and democracy to ensure that such injustice may never happen again," Wowereit said.German Chancellor Angela Merkel -- who grew up behind the wall in Germany's communist eastern part -- also attended the commemoration in Berlin, where parts of the wall and an attached surveillance tower now form a museum.The road where the museum is located was divided in two on August 13, 1961, and some 2,000 east German residents were expelled from their houses to allow th...

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