The Young Chronicle: For Grade 3 3rd graders or 8-9 year olds - Page 4

YOUNG CHRONICLE November 14th, 2014 TRIVIA ABOUT THE BERLIN WALL • There were a number of checkpoints that allowed passage to and from the two sides of the wall. The most famous of these was Checkpoint Charlie. Those allowed to use this checkpoint included military from the Western Powers, foreign tourists, and diplomats. The sign from Checkpoint Charlie which reads 'You are leaving the American Sector' in English, Russian, French and German (with German being in tiny print at the bottom) still stands at the point, together with a replica of a guard's hut and the sandbags surrounding it. The actual Checkpoint Charlie was removed on June 22nd, 1990. Checkpoint Charlie, in 1961 • The west side of the Berlin wall was covered in graffiti. The East side was not. • West Berliners used the Berlin Wall as an ideal way of getting rid of rubbish. If they had anything that needed throwing away, they threw it over the wall. After all, it wasn't as if they would be made to go over it to fetch it back! • The methods people used to escape the Berlin wall included digging a tunnel from a graveyard, dodging the border guards, running and climbing and even flying across in a handmade air-balloon. The tunnel was discovered by a woman who fell into a hole and accidentally left her baby behind, where it was found by guards at the mouth of the tunnel! Checkpoint Charlie, Now 3 • Many segments of the torn down wall have been given to various institutions around the world. They can be found in presidential and historical museums, lobbies of hotels and corporations, at universities and government buildings, and in public spaces around the world.