During the Second World War, as the Soviet Army advanced to capture Berlin, the Nazis blew up the bridge to prevent the Red Army from crossing it. Although the bridge wasn’t repaired at that time, it continued to serve a crossing point for pedestrian traffic during the time that the city was divided into East and West.
The bridge was reconstructed using metal this time only as late as 1994. A few years later, Thorsten Goldberg installed his art piece named “Stone-Paper-Scissors” on the bridge as a state about the randomness of important decisions (e.g. immigration, asylim, etc.) made by opposing political camps.</
From 1999 to 2013, there were annual staged fights with citizens approaching from 2 sides of the bridge in extravagant costumes with cardboard and plastic armour and carrying buckets of water and rotten fruits and vegetables to fling at their foes when they got to the middle of the bridge.