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August 13, 2016

Anniversary of the day the Berlin wall was built

Filed under: Germany — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 4:55 pm

August 13th is the anniversary of the day that the wall was built in Berlin in 1961.

My photo of the last piece of the wall before it was torn down

My 1989 photo of the last piece of the wall before it was torn down

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at http://www.dw.com/en/what-germany-was-like-when-the-berlin-wall-was-built/a-17708563

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“No one has the intention of building a wall,” said Walter Ulbricht, head of the State Council of East Germany, at an international press conference in East Berlin on June 15, 1961. Less than two months later, at dawn on August 13, construction workers began stretching barbed wire across the roads to Berlin’s western sectors. It was a fateful day for the German people. For 28 years, the Berlin Wall would separate the city into east and west.

Berliners were in shock. “A concentration camp barrier” has been stretched through the center of Berlin, said then mayor – and later chancellor – Willy Brandt a few hours later in front of the city’s parliament. The Berlin Wall would remain for exactly 10,315 days, becoming a symbol of the Cold War and dividing the world into two hostile blocs: the capitalist West and the communist East. More than 250 people lost their lives trying to cross the barrier.

The Berlin Wall would become a symbol that survived generations

Many of the people who fled the East in 1961 were much-needed youth: From the start of the year, every second person who made the move was under 25.

Wirtschaftswunder – an economic miracle

German youth in 1961 were born in the midst of war and destruction, in bombed-out cities or out in the country among billeted soldiers and refugees. Some went hungry as infants; many never got to know their fathers. Their parents would prefer to forget those dark days.

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5 Comments »

  1. We are saddened to announce the recent disparition of Philip Bialowitz, aged a mere 90. His brother Symcha died at 102; their untimely deaths are due to the fact that both had been marked for death in 1942 at Sobibor extermination camp, whose gas chambers’ foundations have been unearthed in 2014:

    “It was the best moment of my life” declared Mr Bialowitz.

    Mr Bialowitz was born in Izbica, as was famous Holocaust fantastic liar novelist Toivi Blatt.

    In 1942, they were brought to Sobibor, where the evil Nazis killed the Jews without mercy; Thomas Blatt (age 15) and Philip Bialowitz (age 13) pretended to be adults, and thus were saved for work.

    Why didn’t millions smart Jews use this simple trick?

    Comment by a reader — August 14, 2016 @ 1:51 am

  2. Which reminds me. How come the idiots that murdered the Berliners who tried to go over to the west side,were never put on trial. Why was it,that the Reds got a huge chunk of Berlin and the other allies got chicken scratch ? Was everyone that terrified of the Ruskies? We saw how chicken shit they were,when it came to Cuba

    Comment by Tim — August 13, 2016 @ 5:24 pm

    • In numerous legal cases throughout the 1990s, several border guards, along with political officials responsible for the defence policies, were found guilty of manslaughter and served probation or were jailed for their role in the Berlin Wall deaths.
      Read:
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_deaths_at_the_Berlin_Wall

      Comment by Herbert Stolpmann von Waldeck — August 13, 2016 @ 6:54 pm

      • Probation? How f–ked is that ? Far as I’m concerned,it don’t look like the courts were concerned about Justice . They should’ve locked down,every last one of em.

        Comment by Tim — August 13, 2016 @ 8:26 pm


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