This book is much more than a mere guide for would-be Wall explorers. It is also a history book of the best kind: short and to the point.

—Hyde Flippo, The German Way
A picturesque tour that gives you a unique feeling about Berlin history.

— Dorothee Dubrau, former Planning Commissioner

Michael Cramer

The Berlin Wall Today

Remnants, Ruins, Remembrances

By Michael Cramer

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Michael Cramer moved to Berlin in the 1970s, where he became a school teacher and also got involved with Green Party politics. He became the party’s go-to politician for transportation issues, and a member of the Berlin City Council. Since 2004, he has been a member of the European Parliament. 

This comprehensive, well-illustrated book offers fascinating insights into the world’s most notorious Wall.

—Paul Sullivan, slowtravelberlin
A multi-faceted manual to understanding both the complexity and significance of a world-famous symbol.

—Justinian Jampol, Wende Museum, L.A.
This book, which features more than one hundred color pictures, takes the reader on a tour of the last traces and fading memories of the Wall—to memorials, parks, back yards, train tracks, factories, churches, and Prussian cemeteries. It tells stories of struggle, desperation, survival, and rebirth and of a history that shaped the post- war world. It also shows how the people of Berlin are reclaiming and memorializing the ground where the Wall once stood: Mauer Park, where young people from all over world gather to party; a guard tower that is now the Museum of Forbidden Art; the Topography of Terror Museum, which includes the former Gestapo headquarters; and landmarks such as the Reichstag, the East Side Gallery, and Checkpoint Charlie.