Facts & Figures

on Berlin Wall

(4th generation, Grenzmauer 75)



Official name
Stützwandelement UL 12.41

Measures per element
height: 3.60 m  • width: 1.20 m • weight: 2.7t

Unit price (for fabrication)
359 Mark
(for comparing: ø gross earnings full-time staff 1975 = 889 Mark/mthly.)

Length of innercity border
43.1 km • ca. 45,000 segments

Length of border West Berlin/GDR
111.9 km

Length of border fortifications
155 km

Watch towers

Dog runs

Contact/signal fence
127.5 km

Anti-vehicle trenches
105.5 km

Border command Mitte
(from July 1971 responsible for border management in Berlin and surrounding area incl. district of Potsdam)
1,400 Officers
2.800 Sergeant
9,000 Soldiers (predominant conscripts)

In the time between 1961 and 1989, at least 140 humans were killed at the Berlin Wall or lost their lifes in direct relation to the GDR border regime. Additionally, at least 251 travellers from East and West died before, during, or shortly after a controll at Berlin border crossings. The information presented her does not include the unknown number of people, who died from grief and despair caused by the effects the building of the Wall had on their individual living situations.

Berlin Wall Animations from Till Nowak on Vimeo.

Chronik der Mauer
Berliner Mauer Online
Die Berliner Mauer. Vom Sperrwall zum Denkmal. Schriftenreihe des Deutschen Nationalkomitees für Denkmalschutz. Band 76/1

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