Cold War relic comes to KSU


  Cold War relic comes to KSU   Piece of Berlin Wall on display   By Shawn Jenkins…

Georgia (Aug 28, 2009)


Cold War relic comes to KSU
Piece of Berlin Wall on display
By Shawn Jenkins
A symbolic chunk of history representing an era of tension and mistrust between East and West has found a home on the Kennesaw State University campus.
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is now host to a large section of the Berlin Wall, displayed near the northeast corner of the Social Sciences building. The portion of the wall — which displays graffiti in the form of a smiling face — stands 12 feet high and weighs approximately 2.7 tons. It is on loan to the college from Georgia Senator Chuck Clay.
“Having an important piece of history right on campus is very significant,” said Richard Vengroff, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. “Most of our students were either very young or not even born when the wall came down. I have seen many young students already marveling at the physical presence of the wall, something they have only read about.”
The exhibit is on loan for a year and is renewable annually.
The Berlin Wall was built in 1961 to separate West Berlin and East Germany, and it became the most divisive symbol of the Cold War. In November 1989, a mass exodus of eastern bloc refugees into West Germany precipitated the initial deconstruction of the wall to allow more routes for border crossings. Soon afterward, protestors from both sides of the wall began tearing it down, an act that culminated in German reunification on October 3, 1990.
It is estimated that roughly 5,000 successful escapes were made into West Berlin from the eastern bloc while the wall was in operation. Due to the highly political nature of the barrier, a reliable calculation of those who died in the attempt to breach it has been nearly impossible to ascertain.



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