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The Berlin Wall at Heidelberger Straße in the District of Neukölln (1981)
In the 1970s, the unchanging status quo led many West Berliners to become accustomed to the Wall, and they simply began to co-exist with it, as can be seen in this photograph of the Wall at Heidelberger Straße in the West Berlin district of Neukölln, which bordered the East Berlin district of Treptow. Little garden plots and rabbit coops even appeared in certain spots in the “no-man’s-land” in front of the Wall. In a 1986 radio report on the 25th anniversary of the building of the Wall, journalist Helmut Kopetzy described the “normality of the abnormal” as holding sway in West Berlin. Photo by Klaus Lehnartz.