Remains of a watching tower

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Remains of a watchtower at the entrance to no man?s land near the village of Piperica. During the Cold War, Bulgaria?s southern border with Turkey and Greece separated the East from the West, Socialism from Capitalism.  An electrified, barbed-wire fence created a no man?s land with restricted entry, restricted movement, restricted lives. A whole factory in the capital Sofia opened to satisfy the need for wire to fence the country.  Watchtowers were erected and manned twenty-four hours a day, along the border, overlooking the land enclosed in the fence. In addition to Bulgarians, many Poles, Hungarians, Rumanians and East Germans tried to escape through Bulgaria to Greece, a direct route to freedom.  Many were arrested and returned to their countries.  Some met their death in no man?s land.
Remains of a watchtower at the entrance to no man?s land near the village of Piperica. During the Cold War, Bulgaria?s southern border with Turkey and Greece separated the East from the West, Socialism from Capitalism. An electrified, barbed-wire fence created a no man?s land with restricted entry, restricted movement, restricted lives. A whole factory in the capital Sofia opened to satisfy the need for wire to fence the country. Watchtowers were erected and manned twenty-four hours a day,...
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