Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Berlin Wall..........

In memory of those who died trying to escape East Germany. August 13, 1961 was the day the Berlin Wall went up. Never EVER forget.

17 comments:

JINGOIST said...

The scenes of those poor people running headfirst into the barbed wire will always stay with me. They were running from an authoritarian regime that would recognize HR 3200.

Chuck said...

Never forget.

It came down on my birthday

Jungle Mom said...

My in laws were living in Berlin when the wall came down. My FIL has a chunk of it.
Freedom! May we ever cherish it!

shoprat said...

There are two kinds of walls. Prison walls to keep prisoners in and safety walls to keep trouble out. That was clearly a prison wall.

G-Man said...

I patrolled the East German border for several years. When I hear the hip, patchouli stinking, Che shirted college students regaling the wonders of socialism, all I can do is shake my head. I've seen things there that remain with me to this day.

Z said...

Jingo, they are haunting scenes and I've stood there imagining what those people went through...the courage to think they'd get by the rifles...and didn't.

Chuck, we were in Munich when it came down and it was very moving all over Germany; then little "Trabis", the East German cars starting appearing all over Munich, a day later!, and Munich's citizens would see them parked and put roses or clothing or food on them for those people to take back with them... that was a terrific sight.

JM...We have some chunks, too, and grateful to have that part of history; glad you do, too.

Shoprat, that was about the only wall built to keep people IN...definitely prison walls...

G-Man...several years? Wow. Ya, and our kids think living under oppression is so cool. Even adult leftwingers don't seem to get that.

Bloviating Zeppelin said...

And 1989, under RONALD WILSON REAGAN, that wall CAME DOWN.

BZ

HoosierArmyMom said...

A great post and reminder Z. God's peace to those who in trying to reach freedom, lost their lives over the years.

kevin said...

Thanks for the reminder Z. The yearning for freedom shall not be underestimated.

Z said...

BZ, that was in the good old days when others were fearful of America's power and humbled by her goodness; THOSE days are SO OVER. And the world knows that.

HAM, we do need to be reminded, especially TODAY, of our freedoms and how fragile they seem now....

KEVIN! Good to have you blogging again. Welcome back to my Sidebar!

Law and Order Teacher said...

Z,
I was given two gifts recently by students I had in class. One, a student who is in the Marines now gave me a bottle containing sand from Normandy Beach. Another gave me a piece of the Berlin Wall. Very cool. I will display them proudly on my desk.

MK said...

Indeed Z, communism has killed so many, yet too many in the west still yearn for bits of it, if not all of it.

Z said...

OH ,MK, let's not kid ourselves. Mr and Mrs Z have sat through panels of E Germans who are SORRY the wall came down..they were "so much more intellectual before, now things are as commercial as the West"...Oh, we couldn't believe those jerks!

Law & Order, it's an amazing thing to have pieces of history. I've had the pleasure of standing at Normandy and The Wall and it's amazing. I also stood on the exact spot Klaus Von Stauffenberg was shot to death in the Berlin Arsenal......quite a feeling, let me tell you. I love that your students gave you these gifts.
I know you deserve them mightily. xxx

Deborah on the Bayside said...

More importantly, let's never forget how it came to be. President Kennedy had his head handed to him when he naively went off to parlay with Nikita the shrewd. Just like Obama said he wanted to do during the campaign. When he held up Kennedy as a positive example to follow in kind, my blood went cold. I couldn't believe he'd get such a famous political faux pas so backwards that he'd state publicly he wanted to do the same thing!

Once the Russians learned the tenor of the President they felt quite comfortable in putting missiles in Cuba, military aid to North Viet Nam and gave the green light to build -- DIE MAUER.

Yes, remember it was the ignorant arrogance of a President who showed his empty hand of cards to the enemy that gave us that wall.

Anonymous said...

I know that I worked with Germans back in 1989, who literally cried with joy when that wall came down.

And I shall never forget those same co workers, who told me that after all that time, they were flying to Germany to see relatives, loved ones that had not been able to get out in 1961.


Although it was Reagan who said to tear down the wall, it was actually George Bush who was president in 1989.

We have no idea of how blessed and lucky we have been.

WVDOTTR

Z said...

WV and Deborah....we're learning how blessed and lucky we were by witnessing what THIS weakling president has done and continues to do.
My GOSH...even Somali nothing pirates are emboldened.. N. Korea, Iran (you can build a nuke plant but do NOT let an Israeli build a house, right?), etc etc....disgusting, and the leftwingers wants the world to LIKE US more than fear and respect us.. As IF the muslim terrorists are going to be nice because we are. You can't make this CRAP up, pardon the word.

Deborah, Mr. Z LOVED the figs ! xxx

Deborah on the Bayside said...

I'm tickled for Mr. Z. We're about half way through figs, so there should be some more (even though Mr. Bayside is going to try fig wine this year).