Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Traces of the Wall

Sometimes I forget that I'm an author at this blog, so put things into comments that rightly deserve a post of their own.

Thus this post that basically just links to a site dedicated to information about The Berlin Wall, which has a wealth of detail that you should check out.

For me the best section is the one that lists all the traces of the Berlin Wall in their original location.

The photo above is of a section of the Inner security wall on Bornholmer Straße.

On the left - a former watch tower on Erna-Berger-Strasse.

The link says even it's been moved a few metres and is a "model BT-11", which is a pretty sad commentary by itself.

Me: "So you're a retired German architect. What did you design?"

Architect: "I designed different watch tower models for the Berlin Wall. Fascinating work, let me tell you about it......"

The photo below looks like a pretty well-preserved section: Remains of the inner wall at Rudower Höhe

And of course there is the famous East Side Gallery, shown below:

"The East Side Gallery artists were able to prevent their works from demolition, further decay and destruction. The city of Berlin added the East Side Gallery to its monument register in November 1991. 
It was the most visible outcome of the opening of the Wall, but now, with almost the entire Berlin Wall gone, it is one of the few remaining relics of the border fortifications at its original location, serving as a reminder that the city was divided for 28 years."

Finally I did have to laugh - black humour of course - at the following description of one site, the Border through the Spree River:

"...the border was secured by especially wide border strips with additional barriers, patrol boats, and nail-encrusted “underwater mats” of steel. "

Right. Because the river itself was not enough of a deterrent to escape the insanity of Communism. Wankers.

There's also this Wikipedia list of segments of Berlin Wall that have been sent all over the world.

Notably I see no mention of New Zealand.
Wonder if that means something?


Gnr39 said...

We have a piece given to us at the time by our late teenage exchange student whose family we were visiting at the time in Oldenberg. He rushed back from Berlin to present us with this mighty scrap of colour on concrete at the time. A bit of a treasure now.

Santa Anna said...

Why is it there is only one blogger who keeps telling us he is "an author on this blog"? Could it be .......... hubris?

Tom, ykou don't need to remind us, we see your byline.

How about regaling us with some more stories of how your dad took on antifa?

Tom Hunter said...

'Twas simply a piece of whimsy as I responded to comments on the Das Volk Siegt and realised that I didn't have to put them in the comments but could make a post out of them.

Plus being a little bit of self-deprecating humour.

You do know what humour is, right sweetie?

Oh - and thanks for that Freudian slip, although my Dad did indeed take on Fascists and Nazis they didn't call themselves Antifa in those days. Antifa were Far Lefters who actually also fought real Fascists. The 1984 trick of fascists calling themselves "Antifa" lay decades in the future.

Now - any comment on the preservation of the Wall that your heroes built? I'm sure you're a huge fan of history

Johno said...

Anonymous Santa Anna said...

Is that you lurking, Eggie?

RosscoWlg said...

No that's David from Melbourne or is it Cocks Head Harbour, Adelaide