A Piece of History

Berlin Wall, Germany

Berlin Wall, Germany

This great postcard (despite the less-than-flattering scan) comes from a good friend in Germany, Kim, who lives in Frankfurt. The reason that the postcard did not scan so wonderful is because it contains a little piece of history as can be seen in the top right corner, i.e. A tiny piece of the Berlin Wall. The wall was constructed on 13 August 1961 by the government of East Germany to “protect” its citizens from those “evil Western fascists.” It’s name given to it by the East Germans was the “Anti-Fascist Protection Rampart.” What it really was all about, was a crap government trying to contain its people and restrict their movement. Until its construction in 1961, over 3.5 million people escaped the grips of the East German government and moved to West Germany. During the 28 years that it was there, a further 5000 people risked life and limb to escape East Germany. In 1989 the Wall finally fell on the 9th of October and by 3 October 1990 Germany was finally reunified. The fall of the Berlin wall was a major event, which played its part in the end of the Cold War. To many people it also signaled the end of the industrial age and the start of the information age. A brilliant part of the history of the world and one of my favourite parts of world history and here I have a piece of it. Thank you so very much Kim, this postcard really means a lot to me!