Berlin Wall/German Reunification: Still believe in the Evil Russians?

Then you’re about to get a nasty surprise. Svetlana Savranskaya of the National Security Archive in Washington, DC, has some news for you:

Mikhail Gorbachev didn’t need no Ronnie Ray-Gun telling him to tear down that wall; he was already doing his part by refusing to resort to repressive measures of any kind. He deserves a lot of credit for letting things progress peacefully. My respect for Gorby just keeps on growing. (And so does my contempt for that shameless usurper, Boris Yeltsin.)

Meanwhile, here’s how the Germans (not U2, NOT MTV) celebrated the 20th anniversary in Berlin today:

Three generations of German women give their views of history and what the fall of the Wall means to them. They don’t say what the western media expects to hear, let’s put it that way!

An English-language Russian channel gives a nuanced, thoughtful, artist-friendly view with a few interesting surprises of its own. (Dmitri Medvedev speaks German! Who knew?)

I especially love how the “domino wall” was a collaborative work of art–thousands of children painted it, expressing themselves freely. Some are from divided countries, such as Cyprus, where a wall between Greeks and Turks still stands. A much more fitting tribute than a walled-off, profit-mongering, “free” concert that relies on the personality cult, adulation and passivity, no?

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1 Response to Berlin Wall/German Reunification: Still believe in the Evil Russians?

  1. Nolan says:

    I just found this article on the always excellent Exiled about the myth vs the reality of knocking down the Berlin Wall:

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