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The Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall

Today 9th November, 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall – which endured as the symbol of conflict between the Communist and non-Communist worlds for almost thirty long years! Freedom was the triumphant winner on 9th November, 1989 (twenty five years back) with the fall of the wall. This calls for celebration and jubilation since freedom is the most valuable treasure in personal, societal, political or in economical fronts. 

The Berlin Wall

Almost three years back, I visited the Berlin Wall (some parts of it remain as a picture gallery) and thought of sharing my experience with you all today. In 1989, when the Berlin wall fell, I remembered my dad saying

No more East-Germany and West-Germany, we will call it Germany from now onwards.

I gathered more facts as I grew up and came to know about it through my history books. In 2011, when I visited Berlin with my husband, I did not only see the wall, but all the pictures in my history book came alive in front of me. Now the wall has been made a symbol of creativity by various artists from all over the world.

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Myself in front of the Berlin Wall.

After the fall of the Berlin wall

After the fall of the Berlin wall, artists from all over the world were invited to show their interpretation of the freedom and unity by painting murals on the wall which is now called the East Side Gallery.

“The Kiss” is one of the iconic pictures painted by Soviet artist Dmitri Vrubel on this wall. It had been inspired by a real photo. It depicts the emblematic act for the communists. This shows the socialist fraternal kiss between the Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and East German President Erich Honnecker.

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History

Time to revisit the pages of history.

As the Cold War took shape, a divided Berlin symbolized the tensions of a divided world. It was June 1948, the Soviet Union blockaded West Berlin, cutting off supplies and western access to the city. The United states responded with an airlift!

In August 1961, East Germany and Soviet Union erected a wall (155km long) of concrete  and barbed wire to divide the city and prevent East Berliners from escaping to the West.

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The Cold War’s end

In November 1989, with the Soviet Union beginning to collapse and with its control over its allies waning, the Berlin Wall was finally opened.

Just as the Berlin blockade signaled the start of the Cold War, the tearing down of the wall and the reunification of Berlin and Germany marked the Cold War’s end.

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Time to come back to present.

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Today, while Germany celebrates the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the speech of Angela Merkel – chancellor of Germany, who was raised in former East Germany, inspired many thoughts. She said,

The fall of the Berlin Wall is a message of confidence and proof that dreams can come true. It offers hope to regions where freedom and human rights are threatened or even trampled on.

On that same note, I hope one day we all will find “Peace” as the only means to solve any conflict. During our visit, we wrote on the Berlin wall, what we think is the most important attribute of humanity!

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17 Comments

  1. a wonderful history you shared with all those lovely clicks you have taken! Berlin walls ..God made no boundaries but man made it for greed! Peace and love our eternal dream..GOOD POST !!

  2. I remember well when the wall went up… and when it came down. It sure doesn't feel like twenty-five years have already gone by since then. How wonderful that you and your husband were able to visit it, and to leave your mark for posterity. Peace, indeed. That should be the lesson taught by every war: no more war.

  3. Ah….Berlin Wall.
    You are indeed one lucky woman.

  4. Very lucky to be actually standing close to the Berlin wall.
    Have read many escape stories, especially some good ones from the Reader's Digest.

  5. wowo! what awesome pics! thanks a ton for sharing 🙂

  6. yeah that was a very historic day when the wall fell! this is definitely a refreshing post!

  7. a refreshing post after a long time…very nice post

    • Dear Balaka,
      Thanks for such a lovely comment.
      Early morning on 9th Nov, when I was just going through BBC News, "Fall of Berlin wall celebrating 25th year anniversary" caught my attention and sat writing down my experience to share with you all.

  8. An amazing time in history. Yes, freedom is the most valuable treasure in every way. Thanks for such a great post. I really enjoyed it. And how incredible that you got a chance to visit what remains of it and leave a mark.

  9. I remember the day that the wall fell, though I was too young to really understand what was happening. I just remember people smashing the wall and crossing over. It seemed a big deal. Thanks for capturing this in such a thoughtful and poignant way.

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