Tuesday, November 10, 2009

20 Years Ago Yesterday


Berliners sing and dance on the Berlin Wall in November 1989
to celebrate the opening of the borders of East and West Germany.
(Thomas Kienzle/associated Press)



See this and other fabulous photos in a brief photo-essay
by Time from the 10th anniversary.


A couple of good reads:
"After the Wall Fell" by Anne Applebaum: Central Europe's success deserves more attention.

"20 Years On" by Alvaro Vargas Llosa: There was nothing inevitable about the fall.

And a video clip:


Didn't get around yesterday to noting this glorious anniversary--I was too busy yesterday enjoying my freedom. But, it's too important not to note---even if a day late.

5 comments:

Vancouver real estate said...

It's hard to believe that it's already 20 years. I remember the 9th November 20 years ago like it was yesterday. I was sitting in front of TV here in Vancouver and couldn't believe that the fall of the Berlin wall is beginning of something great. I was just afraid that army could interfere like it was in 1968 in Czechoslovakia. Fortunately nothing like that happened and young people in East Germany could express their hope and joy.

Best regards,
Jay

Beth said...

Jay,
It definitely is one of those days seared into my memory--along with the assignations of JFK and MLK, the 1979 take over of the US Embassy in Iran, and the 2001 terrorist attacks. This one is a much more hopeful day to remember so I like it the most.
Thanks for commenting.

garret seinen said...

I particularly think the CEI clip, video and music is a great piece of work. It also show a couple of ex-president that didn't need a teleprompter to give a speech without stumbling. :-) According to CEI, he's the same person who put together Human Achievement Hour (earth hour antidote).
And as an aside, is that not what it is all about, some show a willingness to take the bullet rather than give up freedom, others trade it away for the perception of comfort.
cheers,gs

Harold said...

I think the first comment is spam like in your "Addendum to Berlin Wall Post".

:O

Beth said...

Garret,
It wouldn't be so bad is all people traded away was their own freedom. the problem arises when they want to trade away your and my freedom as well.

Harold,
You may be right, but since the comments address the topic, I will assume innocent until proven guilty.