Nikita KhrushchevAnswerKrushchev was getting really mad at East Germany because so many of its citizens were defecting into West Berlin. He gave Walter Ulbricht, general secretary of the East German communist party, an ultimatum: you stop all these defections or I will.
Ulbricht called in his chief of construction troops, a real go-getter named Erich Honecker, and told him to design a barrier through which no one could ever escape then build it all the way around Berlin.
Honecker decided to build two six-meter-high walls with a field of landmines between them.
So...the answer is "Erich Honecker."
The Berlin Wall sliced right through the heart of Berlin. It divided Berliners into West and East Berliners, until 1989 when the wall came down. The Wall stretched over a hundred of kilometres. Not only did it run the center of Berlin, but also wrapped around West Berlin, which meant that Berlin was cut off from the rest of East Germany. Maps of Berlin published in East Germany showed west Berlin as a blank.
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