Régis Bossu, Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and East German President Erich Honecker kiss on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the German Democratic Republics, 1979 VS Francesco Hayez, Il bacio. Episodio della giovinezza. Costumi del secolo XIV, 1859
David Bowie on the day he performed "Heroes" live in Berlin on June 6th, 1987, in front of the Reichstag in Berlin:
“I will never forget that.
It was one of the most emotional performances I’ve ever done. I was in tears.
They backed up the stage to the wall itself so that it was acting as a backdrop. We kind of heard that a few of the East Berliners might actually get the chance to hear the thing, but we didn’t realise in what numbers they would.
And there were thousands on the other side that had come close to the wall. So it was like a double concert, where the wall was the division.
And we would hear them cheering and singing along from the other side.
God, even now I get choked up. It was breaking my heart. I’ve never done anything like that in my life. And I guess I never will again.”
Mario Dondero ::
An unusual conversation between citizens: the young mother who lives in the West and the border guard of the GDR, Berlin, 1989 [Two days before the fall of the Berlin Wall]
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The mayor of Germany’s once-divided capital, Berlin, Michael Mueller, offered some advice to Donald Trump on Friday: “Don’t build this wall!”
The US president, holding true to his campaign promise, this week ordered US officials to begin to design and construct a wall along the 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometre) US-Mexico border.
While the White House has also threatened to tax Mexican imports to cover its cost, Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto cancelled a planned Washington protest.
Berlin’s mayor said his city – which was split by the Berlin Wall during the cold war from 1961-89 – “cannot look on without comment when a country plans to build a new wall”.
“We Berliners know best how much suffering was caused by the division of an entire continent with barbed wire and concrete,” he said in a statement, referring to Europe’s “Iron Curtain” division.
In the early 21st century, he said, “We can’t just accept it if our historical experience is disregarded by those to whom we largely owe our freedom, the Americans.”
Pointing to the continuing division of the Korean peninsula and the island of Cyprus, the Social Democrat urged Trump “not to go down this wrong path of isolation and exclusion”.
Mueller also recalled former US president Ronald Reagan’s famous 1987 challenge to then Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall!”, and said in his message to Trump: “Dear Mr President, don’t build this wall!”