Sunday, November 8, 2009

Wall 20 Years After...

Tomorrow's the actual anniversary of the fall of the Wall, as the first crossed the checkpoint at Bornholmer Straße after masses had gathered there demanding immediate implementation of the freedom to travel whose immediate effectiveness Schabowski had erroneously declared at a press conference of the "ZK" earlier that evening. Slowly but surely, all the cross points were breached that evening, all beginning around 10:30 pm.

Tomorrow domino stones will be tipped over between Potsdamer Platz and the Reichstag to commemorate the fall. These were painted, designed by people from all around the world to symbolize what the disappearance of this inhuman barrier means.

And today we walked together, Detlef and I, the Easterner and the American, who were here 20 years ago as well, but on opposite sides of that barrier, we strolled together along that wall of colorful dominos, taking pictures, united, as this country is now, too.

And here, a link to the events to take place on the anniversary tomorrow.

1 comment:

  1. you are going to post pictures/video of the dominos/wall falling, right? It's hard to believe it's been 20 years. But of course it has, because Christopher was only a baby. How to translate this to Afghanistan and Iraq, I wonder.