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November 9th, 1989 - The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Discussion in 'Historical Events & Figures' started by Walter, Nov 9, 2014.

  1. Walter

    Walter Administrator Staff Member

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    On November 9th, 1989, East Germany announced the opening of the inner German border and the Berlin Wall. It was the end of the Cold War and led to the collapse of the Warsaw Pact and Soviet communism.

    Can you imagine a huge wall in your capital city? A death zone running through the middle of your country?

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    All Germans remember the visit of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and his speech on 26 June 1963 in Berlin:

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    On 12 June 1987, U.S. President Ronald Reagan held a speech in Berlin:
     
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  2. Walter

    Walter Administrator Staff Member

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    Here is the full text of John F Kennedys speech. I have marked the most important (to me) sentences bold.

     
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    dogtowner Moderator Staff Member

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    Funny you mention jfk saying we never put up a wall to keep people in. They are constructing an economic wall to do it.

    too bad the dems killed him to make way for a sick shift left.
     
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    Can you imagine a huge wall in your capital city? A death zone running through the middle of your country?

    I can't--but I would bet most Koreans can.

    Someone should have advised JFK--as well--to say "Ishe" instead of "Ik" when talking in Berlin about himself.
     
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    Wow, that was 1989, I can remember the day this happen. I was on vacation with my mom and one of my sisters. We were in our hotel room when the news broke. I couldn't believe that after all those years the Berlin wall was coming down. It was trully a historical event, and one that was around to witness. Kind of like the dissoliving of the Soviet Union.
     
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    Actually, the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe lead to massive problems. The transition happened too quickly. A lot of people lost jobs, far right racist groups became powerful, the area became ripe for economic exploitation, and prostitution became a big industry.
     
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