Berlin Wall: Facts and figures

Who built the Berlin Wall?


The Berlin Wall was built by the Communist government of the German Democratic Republic (GDR). The East German leader at the time was Walter Ulbricht, so he may have been the person who was responsible. However, Soviet influence was strong in the GDR, so it’s certain that Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev was complicit, if not fully responsible.

When was the Berlin Wall built?


The Berlin Wall was built on August 13, 1961.