White Crosses

The white crosses are commemorating those who lost their lives trying to overcome the GDR border fortifications to escape from East Germany.
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Originally these mementoes were put up at all places where people died trying to escape from East Germany by a Berlin citizens’ association.

In the meantime the white crosses have been concentrated in two places, on the banks of the Spree close to the Reichstag and on Bernauer Straße. A plate along the Geschichtsmeile Berliner Mauer supplies information about the memorial “White Crosses” close to the Reichstag.

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