Edited by Gerald Boerner
I remember the fall of the Berlin Wall very well. We had a German exchange student living with us at that time; she did not know how to react. She, as many West Berliners and West Germans (Wessis), had grown up with the wall and restrictions of movement between the East Berlin and West Berlin. The day the wall came down and the residents of the eastern part of the city started to cross into West Berlin and West Germany marked the beginning of the unified state of Germany. Many problems remained, such as the adoption of a single currency, the provision of social services, and rebuilding the City of Berlin.
I was in Berlin in 2005, and as today, buildings were being renovated. during the Cold War, each part of Berlin had their own Opera Houses, Museums, and communication systems. These had to be merged. And the government of (West) Germany was eventually moved from Bonn to Berlin. The new German parliament met in a restored Bundestag by the Tiergarten.
In the last twenty years, Germany has effectively reunited and the population no longer thinks of themselves as West Germans or East Germans. Their government is reunified and they have become one of the strongest economies in the European Common Market. It just goes to show what can happen when you least expect it. And it probably began with Ronald Reagan calling for Mikhail Gorbachev to “Tear Down that Wall”!
So, let’s get started with our exploration of the breaching of the Berlin Wall and the flood of people entering West Berlin and West Germany from the former East Germany… GLB
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Quotations Related to Berlin:
“All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin. And therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words ‘Ich bin ein Berliner!’”
— John F. Kennedy
“The Berlin Wall wasn’t the only barrier to fall after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. Traditional barriers to the flow of money, trade, people and ideas also fell.”
— Fareed Zakaria
“I remember an article, I can’t recall who by, it was after the fall of the Berlin Wall, which said that now the Wall was down, there could be no more class war. Only someone with money could ever say such a thing.”
— Claude Chabrol