Freedom Memorial

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The Freedom Memorial in June 2005

The Freedom Memorial (German: Freiheitsmahnmal) was a memorial to the victims of the Berlin Wall in the vicinity of the Checkpoint Charlie Museum in Berlin. It opened on October 31, 2004, and was praised by both victims of the GDR communist regime and human rights advocates alike.

In 2004, Alexandra Hildebrandt leased an empty lot near the site of the former Checkpoint Charlie, and installed the Freedom Memorial to the victims of the border forces. While welcomed by many, it was criticized by Berlin officials as being historically and symbolically inaccurate, and for being erected by a private individual without a public process.[1] The following year, the lease was terminated by the land owner, a bank. Hildebrand refused to clear out the monument, and the crosses which made up the memorial were removed by bailiffs following a court order.[2][3]


  1. ^ Bernstein, Richard (25 December 2004). "Memorial to Berlin Wall Victims Divides the City Again". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-01-26. 
  2. ^ Checkpoint Charlie: Mauermahnmal abgerissen Harald Rohde, Der Tagesspiegel, 5 July 2005. (in German)
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Coordinates: 52°30′28″N 13°23′26″E / 52.50778°N 13.39056°E / 52.50778; 13.39056