A Typeface Created From Berlin Wall Graffiti Is a Sobering Reminder of Why Freedom Matters

As a U.S. border wall looms, Germany's Heimat creates a reminder of the harm they do

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On Nov. 9, German nonprofit Die Offene Gesellschaft (The Open Society) sent a letter to the White House urging the president to reconsider his position on a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. The heartfelt plea wasn’t written on paper, but rather a piece of the actual Berlin Wall, which was erected in 1961 as a way of separating East and West Germany during the Cold War.

Stretching across 27 miles and standing at 12 feet, the wall separated many Germans from their loved ones, leaving them unable to make contact.



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