August 17, 2011

Wall Ended Communism's Utopian Dream

Lane Wallace, The Atlantic


AP Photo

Fifty years ago this week, the division of Germany into East and West was, literally, etched in stone with the erection of the infamous Berlin Wall. While the wall stood, there were any number of memorials to its brutality, cost, and tragedy -- crosses and flowers marking where loved ones had been shot by the guards on the Wall, attempting to cross from East to West. Nobody, of course, tried to flee across the other way. 

But to me, the one image that always best epitomized the tragedy of the wall was a poster-sized photograph I bought at the Berlin Wall when I was an exchange student in Germany in 1978.  It was taken the day the "wall" -- which was only barbed wire, to start with -- made the political border between the two halves of Berlin ...
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