The Wall Was to Keep People in

vertov: For someone of my age the Berlin Wall was simply a fact of life, like the Grand Canyon or Lake Michigan....

I was 9yo when the Wall went up.

Seeing photos of the bodies of attempted escapees hanging on the barbed wire made it clear to me forever that the wall was to keep people in, not out. IOW, prison. (Versus, say, Trump's border wall.)

Our daughter was 9yo when the Wall came down.

The lessons of it were not lost upon my her, either.