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What the Berlin Wall Represents

In response to Jacob Heilbrunn's August 12 opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times entitled, "Berlin Wall: A blessing in disguise," I submitted the following letter to the editor, which was published on Tuesday:
I am appalled by Heilbrunn's characterization of the Berlin Wall as a "blessing in disguise." I wonder if the estimated 169 (and very likely many more) East Germans killed while trying to flee their prison of a country would agree. Luke Pelican Alexandria, Va.