Amid the rubble of our renovations, rubble was appearing elsewhere in the world and because of how busy we were with so many tradespeople about, we remained somewhat oblivious to the fall of Berlin Wall. That is not to say we did not know, but we missed all the finer detail to be found daily in the various media. I really feel like I missed some world changing history because I was preoccupied with other matters. Today is the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall and the world was never the same again.
Now, possibly inaccurate history lesson #101. After World War 2, the victors, The West and Russia, divided Germany into two parts, the east controlled by Russia, or The Soviet Union if you like, and the west controlled by western countries. These two maps, the first from Wikipedia and the second from Encarta show you clearly he situation at the time.
Within East Germany was Berlin, a city also divided into East Berlin and West Berlin with the West in control of one half and Russia the other and surrounded by East Germany. An arbitrary wall was built to mark the division and generally East Berliners were not allowed into West Berlin. Quite a number died while trying to escape to West Berlin, often by climbing over the wall.
With the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989, the wall came down and the two Germanys were reunited. One of my blog mates may just be in Berlin not too long after the anniversary of the fall of the wall.
Here is how to have your own private celebration of the occasion. Do you remember the early 60s song West of the Wall? Best you do this when you are home alone, lest someone yell at you 'wtf are you playing'. Now turn up your speakers and as you click play.....
also click play on this one, a short feature about the wall of about the same length as the song above. Perhaps pause them to allow for buffering. The one below also has music, so you will get a cacophony of sound and it perfectly fits the chaos of the occasion but you do have to have them both quite loud. This clip has some clever then and now merges, so watch it again on its own if you want. It is a bit shiver down the spine at times.
Now Gosia in Poland is probably a bit puzzled at this point because as she reads this, as it will still be the 8th of November there. I wonder what if Gosia has strong memories of the fall of the wall? And what about Gattina? I am sure she was safely in Belgium by then.