BERLIN (AP) — An escape tunnel underneath the Berlin Wall has been opened to the public for the first time amid celebrations of the 30-year anniversary of the opening of East Germany’s border.
The tunnel at Bernauer Strasse, near the main Wall memorial, was opened Thursday by Mayor Michael Mueller. He thanked those who started digging the 100-meter-long (yards) tunnel in late 1970, nine years after communist East Germany sealed its border.
The tunnel was built by a group of people who had escaped earlier to West Berlin. They wanted to help friends and family to flee to the West but, days before it was finished, East German officials discovered the tunnel and partially destroyed it.
Mueller said: “It’s great to see that the battle for freedom was also taken underground.”
Follow AP’s full coverage of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall at https://www.apnews.com/FalloftheBerlinWall
Today’s Top Stories
- Mary Poppins meets James Bond: Will Meghan and Harry hire a Norland nanny for the royal baby?
- Drugs and other crimes still a big problem in county jails
- ‘He changed my life’: Afghan pilot remembers Major Brent Taylor
- Salt Lake City high schools may start later in 2021
- BYU Study: Drinking High-Fat Milk Connected With Biological Aging
- Utah Jazz plane bird strike was especially bad according to officials
- Biden adds Michigan to win total, delivering blow to Sanders
- Tara Francyk-Wells – West Jordan Elementary
- Utah man critically injured in bike crash at Canyonlands National Park
- UVU students win records fight over campus police reports