Construction of the Berlin Wall, the iconic divider of East and West Berlin that came to symbolize Communism, began in the early morning hours of Aug. 13, 1961. Germany will mark the 50th anniversary of the Berlin Wall with solemn ceremonies and the opening of an expanded memorial for its victims.
Aug. 12, 2011 A young woman takes a photograph of the Berlin wall at the East Side Gallery in Berlin. Aug. 13, 2011, marks the 50th anniversary of the start of construction on the Berlin Wall, and Germany will recognize the anniversary with solemn ceremonies across the city and the opening of an expanded memorial for its victims. Hannibal Hanschke/AFP/Getty Images Buy Photo