On June 15th, 1961, the GDR's dictator Walter Ulbricht said nobody had the intention to build a wall. But two months later, the communist regime did so anyway. Sixty-one years ago today, the construction of the Berlin Wall began.
August 12th, 1961, was a warm summer day in Berlin. Just like today, tourists looked at Brandenburg Gate from all angles. They were interested in this vibrant city, which was about to change substantially.