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The Fall of the Berlin Wall

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

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historic
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wall construction
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wall construction
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fall of the Berlin wall
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fall of the Berlin wall
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avatar Germanpod101.com Friday at 4:06 pm

Hi Mark,

Thanks for your comment.

You are right, 11/9 has some historical events, positive on the one hand is the fall of the Berlin Wall on the on the other hand, two negative events happened on this day as well: the”(Reichs-)kristallnacht” or Progromnacht (1938) and 1923 the so called “Hitler-Ludendorff-Putsch”. So as you can see, the 9.11. shouldn´t be a holiday as Germans don´t want to celebrate days which are related to the National Socialism.
Even though the 11/9 is no official holiday, it´s celebrated among people in Berlin. Last year (2014) the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall was celebrated on the streets as well as with shows at the Brandenburger Tor.

Let me know if you have any other questions!

Thanks,

Jennifer

Team GermaPod101.com

avatar Mark Kurowski Tuesday at 11:32 am

The fall of the wall is indeed a momentous event! I’m simply saying that there is NO holiday in Germany on 11/9, and they picked 10/3 to be a day of celebration precisely because of the association of 11/9 with Kristallnacht (they generally call it Pogromnacht). So if during conversations with Germans we German-learners act as if 11/9 is a day that is openly celebrated, we’ll get blank stares in return. I learned that the hard way. :-(

avatar David Tuesday at 9:29 am

Ah! You are right! Kristallnacht–”The Night of Broken Glass”. I had not thought about the date for that, and you are right to say the Wall’s demise should not overshadow the importance of what took place so many years earlier. However, I suspect many in Germany are only too happy to not be reminded of that shameful event. Nonetheless, I think almost all Germans want very much to put their sordid past behind them, and are contrite about what occurred.

Still, the fall of the Berlin Wall is, indeed, an event worthy of celebration. There was a tremendous amount of heartbreak that occurred when the Wall came into being. This was especially noticeable in the early days of the Wall, when family members, now separated, could still approach the wall and touch each other across it. Shortly thereafter, a “no man’s land” was created on the eastern side which prevented this. Incredibly, once the Wall fell, the West German government wasted little time putting the two Germany’s back together, at great cost and sacrifice. That’s what German Unity Day is all about. The resilience of Germany is pretty amazing, and we now have a German Chancellor who was raised in “the East”!

So, maybe it isn’t so bad after all that this date has two notable events to memorialize. While they are distinctly different events, they are inexorably linked by the chain of events.

avatar Mark Kurowski Tuesday at 4:12 am

You are seriously WRONG about 11/9 being a day of celebration. Yes, the Wall fell, but 11/9 is also the day of very bad things in Nazi Germany (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kristallnacht ).

The real day of celebration is called German Unity Day, which is 10/3 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_Unity_Day ).

avatar David Tuesday at 12:53 am

I was in Berlin the day the Berlin Wall began. I wish I had been there the day it started coming down!

avatar GermanPod101.com Monday at 11:41 am

Hi Jane,

Wow! What an experience!

I am glad we can help you revive your German!

Thank you!

Clara
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avatar GermanPod101.com Thursday at 4:48 pm

Hi David Yarnes!

I’m glad you found it helpful! :thumbsup:
Thank you for posting!

Engla
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avatar David Yarnes Sunday at 1:27 pm

Jane,

Sehr gut! Habe ich alles verstanden. Ich kann Deutsch besser lesen als sprechen oder schreiben! Ich habe nicht ein Deutsche keyboard!

I thought both the S-bahn and the U-bahn had been shut down between the two sectors almost immediately, but I’ve probably forgotten exactly. Anyway, that must have made you a bit nervous!

I was there two years actually–’60 to ‘62. It was a very sad time, particularly for those in the East. I had two young cousins (both young ladies) visit me in Berlin, about the same time you were there. They were traveling through eastern Europe, and flew into East Berlin, then across via the Brandenburg Gate. I was more nervous than they were!

I’m also trying to “revive” my meager German skills. It’s hard at this age! But it’s fun!

Alles gute!

avatar Jane Sokolow Sunday at 12:32 pm

Schönen Dank. Ich war auch in Berlin in 1961, im November. Ich besuchte die Ostzone von Checkpoint Charlie, dann kamm ich zurück bei der U-bahn. Große Fehler! Die Polizei haben gedacht, daß ich im Osten verloren war. Well, that was quite a while ago, and I’m now trying to revive my German, so I appreciate these word lists very much!

avatar David Yarnes Sunday at 9:59 am

Thanks for this list. Is it very helpful for me as I was in Berlin on August 13, 1961! I can make good use of these words. Some I already knew, but several I did not. Vielen dank!