Monday Moment: The Berlin Wall, Germany

01.April 2013

Germany

The Berlin Wall Today

The recent protests in Berlin this past week reminded me of my short time there. I found Berlin, and Germany, to be fascinating as they try to keep moving forward while trying to honor, and learn from, the past.

Perhaps a small misstep last week as part of what remains of the Berlin wall was torn down to make way for a residential complex. I wonder if some design feature couldn’t have been made of this historic piece? On the other hand must we continue to be drawn back? Is there enough memorial and should we instead be looking forward?

What do you think?

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5 Responses to “Monday Moment: The Berlin Wall, Germany”

  1. Glenda Says:

    I heard about the protests but didn’t realize the tear down had gone ahead. I was hoping they could save some of it as a design piece or memorial. Thanks for the post.
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  2. Helen Says:

    It would be a big shame if they didn’t make some sort of feature of the wall, even if its inside the residential complex.

    But on a humanity level we can’t learn from the past if we try to erase it completely.

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  3. zof Says:

    i have no words to comment it….(this is when pics come in handy).
    East Side Gallery was an essential part of Berlin for me and the idea of it really appealed to me… the open air memorial of the past, at the same time capturing the wind of changes thanks to its art…

    so glad I documented it for myself during my last visit to Berlin: http://thepicktures.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-wall.html
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  4. Ali Says:

    We were just at the East Side Gallery last month. I completely agree, I wish they would’ve left it alone, but the sections they took out are still there, they were just moved to a small park area on the west side of the wall. Hopefully they’ll display them better soon but they weren’t destroyed at least. I honestly didn’t even notice at first that a section of the wall was missing.
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