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30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

On 9 November 1989, the Berlin Wall was opened following a press conference by the government of the Deutsche Demokratishe Republik.

Thirty years is a long time. The wall separating East and West Berlin has now been down longer than it was up. Erected in 1961 by a communist government to keep East German citizens from fleeing to freedom in the west, the barrier soon spread to much of the frontier between the two formerly united countries. It came to symbolize the slavery that communism imposed on its citizens.

I was stationed in West Germany in 1988 through 1990 and saw the last gasps of the communist system before it finally collapsed.

It was an amazing experience to see the wall open and the joy of those oppressed people. Unfortunately, the lessons of the evils of communism has been lost in a single generation. History it seems, is always doomed to repeat itself.

11 Responses to “30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall”

  1. SSD says:

    Good question. Sometimes when they update the WordPress editor, it adds artifacts to the posts.

  2. iggy says:

    occupationist communism is making a comeback? fascism it seems but communism…where?

    • Yawnz says:

      Western educational institutions, feminist and race ideologues, anywhere you see the notion of historical oppression.

      Also, [email protected] thinking there’s any substantial difference between Fascists and Communists.

      • John says:

        Do us all a favor and look up the official definition of Fascism and Communism. Just because you can name in one sentance and claim they are the same flavor, does not make it any more true. Everyone who studys politics is ashamed right now to be the same species as you are.

  3. John says:

    Always SSD…False propaganda, repeating that a directory state was communistic, just because they claimed it by themselves within their name. Sure everyone knows North Korea or China is far from anything but communism today.
    Get your facts straight! All the time bashing communistic ideas or ideology is as stupid as if I would say democratic systems are evil and take as an example Russia!

    • SSD says:

      I’m not sure where you went to school there Scooter, but based on your comment, chances are really good that you weren’t even alive yet when the DDR existed.

      People like you are extremely dangerous. Pretending that evil doesn’t exist makes everyone all the more vulnerable to it.

  4. John says:

    German here: Fun fact, DDR was not communistic. Never claimed to be. It was democratic. Just because it was a satellite, does not make it more communistic or less democratic. So, there you go with you cool bashing.

    • SSD says:

      Actually, no. They were very proud Socialists. In fact, the East German constitution ceded political leadership to a single party, the Sozialistische Einheitspartei Deutschlands. The SED was created at the direction of the Soviets in 1946, amalgamating socialist and communist parties into a single entity.

    • SSD says:

      Your school system sure let you down. Of course, Merkel was born a good socialist, so I shouldn’t be too surprised that you don’t understand history. Did they also skip over German History for the rest of the 20th century and pick up in 1990?

    • Bold says:

      The DDR was democratic?
      Well, it sure claimed to be.