A man walking alongside the East Side Gallery section of the former Berlin Wall in Berlin. (AP/Markus Schreiber, File)
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In January 1989, then-East German leader Erich Honecker declared that the Berlin Wall could stand for another century. Less than 10 months later the border was open, and soon Berliners were in a hurry to tear down the 155-kilometer barrier. However, there's still plenty to see of the Cold War past as Berlin marks the 25th anniversary of the Wall's fall. The Wall's longest surviving stretch is the East Side Gallery, stretching for 1.3 kilometers along the Spree river.At the Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Strasse, a stretch of the barrier stands at the end of a 1.4-kilometer section of the former border strip, which gives a good impression of how deep a scar the Wall cut through the city. The original Checkpoint Charlie border guardhouse from the time of the Wall's fall, from the famous crossing in downtown Berlin, stands outside the museum.World War II left 26.6 million Soviet soldiers and civilians dead, by the official Russian count, and the Soviet Union built three memorials in postwar Berlin.
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