A rare event in world history

This coming Monday, November 9, marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. A rare event because it it was carried by happiness and joy; a peaceful event. Something happened that most people in East- and West-Germany never expected to witness during their life time, and it happened without gunshots, without violence.

The credit for this bloodless victory belongs to the people, those of Hungary, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, etc. If there is one politician who deserves praise and applause it is Michail Gorbachev; his reformist ideas of perestroika and glasnost ultimately paved the way for the Wall to collapse.

Read an eyewitness account by a New Zealand journalist, but be prepared for tears! Same goes for the following videos; immensely touching.


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2 Responses to A rare event in world history

  1. artnexus says:

    I hear you; I grew up in (then) West-Germany and visited East-Berlin once; a harrowing experience. What I referred to as being a happy event was certainly AFTER the fact; it could’ve easily been bloody and terrible. However, it DID happen in a peaceful way which is rare on the world stage. The joy so visible on the faces of the people who could finally cross this infamous border was all the more moving because one knew they had literally risked (and some had lost) their lives in order to get away from this fascist regime.
    Communism certainly was a flawed doctrine. Whether people who stand on the left of the political spectrum can all be identified with East Germany’s regime I doubt. The terms “left” and “right” have lost most of their original meaning I think.
    How did you manage to leave East Berlin?

  2. Joe Noory says:

    It might have later been thought to have been carried by happiness and joy, but I remember quite a bit of tense fear that the population would be violently turned upon at the time. Having lived in east Berlin and left shortly before the public protests, all I can tell you is that joy and most of all, the certainty that people would not be harmed in large numbers were the last things on anyones’ mind.

    It was an evil regime, and the very essense of leftism and Communism. “Joy” was not an obvious, immediately available option in anyone’s life.

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