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Berlin Wall back up.

Germany dedicated a freshly plastered, partially rebuilt stretch of the Berlin Wall as its official memorial to the country's postwar division yesterday.

But critics complain that the monument fails to convey the suffering surrounding the original.

Erected at a cost of pounds 800,000, the 230ft-long Berlin Wall Memorial includes one of the few remaining segments of the original outer wall, patched up after years of deterioration and the hacking of souvenir hunters.

A "death strip" of swept gravel fills the space between the original wall and an reconstructed inner wall - the one that faced East Berlin - with cracks just big enough for visitors to peer through.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Aug 14, 1998
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