German Man Finally Unveils Forgotten Stretch Of Berlin Wall That He Secretly Discovered In 1999

In 1989, the Berlin Wall fell. 10 years later, one man discovered that a portion of it was still standing.

According to The Washington Post, a German man named Christian Bormann discovered a portion of the wall was still standing in Pankow, northern Berlin. The bit of the wall still standing was seemingly forgotten by the world, so Christian took it upon himself to protect and preserve what he knew would be a piece of history one day.

Christian told The Washington Post that he didn’t tell anyone about the portion of the wall he had discovered because he thought it would get torn down quickly after. He said, “Berlin wasn’t ready for this discovery when I came across it… But now, 20 years on, people realize how significant this discovery really is.”

When Christian first spoke out about his discovery on his blog, the authorities were unsure his claims were legitimate — but on February 5, 2018, the Berlin government’s culture ministry confirmed its authenticity and awarded it “protective status,” ABC News reports.

The stretch of wall that Christian discovered all those years ago is 160-feet long, according to The Washington Post. It is now beginning to draw attention from tourists and local history buffs, who are excited to see a piece of history still standing in Berlin.

Check out the video below to see shots of the forgotten section of the Berlin Wall, and please SHARE this piece of history on Facebook!

Photos: University of Minnesota Institute of Advanced Studies; Caters

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