During a walk-and-talk event with his constituents in June, a German politician accomplished a lot more than chatting with local voters: He discovered a forgotten, 66-foot-long section of the Berlin Wall. Ephraim Gothe, district councilor in Berlin-Mitte, stumbled upon the section of the wall, covered in graffiti and hidden behind bushes, near the headquarters of Germany’s intelligence services, the Local reports. Authorities confirmed the discovery this week, and it has been placed under protection as a historic monument.
Most of the wall, built by communist East Germany in 1961, was demolished starting in 1990, the AP reports. A few preserved sections remain at tourist sites including the Berlin Wall Memorial. The Berlin Wall Foundation identified the newly-discovered section as being "part of the outer defense perimeter that was built to provide additional security to the main wall," as opposed to being part of the more recognizable main wall, per DW. As Conde Nast Traveler explains, the shorter wall this stretch is from separated East Berlin from the so-called "death strip," where guards in watch towers shot anyone trying to escape from East Germany. (Read more Berlin Wall stories.)