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How the Berlin Wall Ended Up Criss-Crossing the Globe
CULVER CITY, CALIF.: A segment of the Berlin Wall painted by artist Thierry Noir stands outside the Wende Museum and Archive of the Cold War in Culver City.
Where in the World is the Berlin Wall?, a book published by a German government agency earlier this year, identified 240 segments of the wall scattered across the globe -- more than a third of them in the United States. Ahead of the 25th anniversary of the wall's fall on November 9, Reuters photographers set out to find some of these relics.
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA: A piece of the Berlin Wall in a garden at the Palacio San Martin, headquarters of Argentina's Foreign Ministry.
Large stretches of the original 90-mile-long wall have been lost forever, with many parts having been used to build highways in the years after its demise. "The predominant feeling in those days was that the wall has to go quick," Wieland Giebel, who owns the Berlin Story shop and publishing house near Brandenburg Gate, told NBC News.
MOSCOW: A piece of the wall in a park in central Moscow.
The wall, which divided West Berlin from the communist East after it was built in 1961, was the most potent symbol of the Cold War. At least 136 people were killed or died at the wall, most of them while trying to escape.
KINGSTON, JAMAICA: A visitor looks at a section of the Berlin Wall painted with a mural of Olympic champion Usain Bolt, at the Jamaica Military Museum and Library at Up Park Camp, headquarters of the Jamaica Defense Force. The 12-foot section of the wall was given to Bolt in 2009 by the city of Berlin after the runner broke world records in the 100 and 200 meter finals at the World Athletics Championships in that city.
SIMI VALLEY, CALIF.: A piece of the Berlin Wall on display at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. Unveiling the exhibit in 1990, Reagan said "Let our children and grandchildren come here and see this wall and reflect on what it meant to history. Let them understand that only vigilance and strength will deter tyranny."