20 years later: The Berlin Wall.


If the world really did have a pulse it would be beating hardest in Berlin. Today Germany and the rest of the world will be remembering the fall of the Berlin wall, which of course marked the beginning of the end of communism in Europe. The celebration in Berlin will be accompanied by various Heads of State (the U.S. sent Secretary of State Hilary Clinton to Berlin).

To represent the fall of the wall students from Germany and around the world have prepared 8 to 9 foot decorated “dominos”, which will be pushed over to symbolize the end of the idealistic battle of the Cold War and the destruction of other borders that divide a common people (some dominos painted by children and artist from the divided countries of Cyprus and North/South Korea). 

The FAZ (Frankfurter General Newspaper) provided a video on its home-page regarding the various celebrations throughout Berlin. Also, for any German speakers who might somehow stumble upon this site, the FAZ provided an interesting interactive page about the history of the Berlin Wall.  



This is pretty much how I will always remember the Fall of the Berlin Wall – through stock footage. It’s really too bad that I wasn’t even a year old yet when one of the previous centuries most important events occurred. The conclusion of a roughly 40 year struggle between capitalism and communism had come to an end and people on both sides of the Wall were finally at ease with one another. My whole life people have been telling me about the fall of the Berlin Wall as if I had slept through the world’s exciting event: “oh you should have seen it…it was such an exciting time for everybody….and nobody saw it coming!” Yeah, thanks for rubbing it it. But it must have been like that for my parents when their parents spoke to them about the end of WWII, after all growing up during the 50s and 60s was basically like growing up in the shadow of the WWII. 

I guess that’s the fun part about history, we experience past events through the anecdotal tales of our parents, grandparents, relatives and friends and if we want to dig up something older than that we might even open up a book!



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