Where Were You 30 Years Ago?

Posted November 9th, 2019 by Iron Mike

It stood – stark, dangerous, and ugly,  – for 28 years as the enduring symbol of a fractured Europe,  – indeed of a fractured World.  Then, with just hand tools – ordinary Berliners began to tear it down.
At least 140 people were killed during those 28 years, – mostly shot as they attempted escapes.

Many more did escape,   some over the wall, – some through tunnels, – one family built a plane and flew out…

The quest for the Freedoms enjoyed by the West,  and the economic empowerment those Freedoms made possible,  had already drained East Germany and Eastern Europe of millions of their best minds.

Young Americans today – those who today embrace the Socialism of Bernie and the Squaw,  – should study a little History,  – the very Cold War History their union school teachers glossed over – or ignored entirely.

If Socialism (Communism) is so great,  why did it take machine guns,  barbed wire,  and a wall to contain it?

Wasn’t everybody wonderfully EQUAL under Socialism? 

Wasn’t everybody fully employed and happy?

THE TRUTH WAS:  ONLY the Communist Cadres lived well,  – and even they lived in constant fear of being called out for some imaginary crime or treason.

Being ‘liberated’ from Hitler’s Third Reich was meaningless. 

East Germans – like most of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union,  – were now captive,  – caged animals, – told when and where to work,  – and they better look happy about it.


7 Responses to “Where Were You 30 Years Ago?”

  1. Varvara

    I remember sitting up to midnight watching the news about the wall coming down. Two young Germans (east & west) put their hands thru a hole they made and shook hands. There were loud cheers and crying.

    BTW, the East German soldiers, with their Russian guns, look very much like pencil pushers, not soldiers.


    In 1961 there wasn’t much rugged manhood available to serve in the East German Army. Most had been killed off in 1942-45 by the Russians, the rest fled to the West. These were the barrel scrapings, but their sub-machine guns still made them dangerous to unarmed civilians.

  2. Aloha Snackbar

    I consider myself fairly educated and I never knew about that press conference until today.

  3. Asusue

    I remember that day well. But I also remember sitting in ninth grade German one class in 1962 as the teacher talked about the Berlin Wall. I guess, at that age, I knew it was bad but I am not sure that at 13 I fully understood. Then in 1969 I was in Austria and took a day trip to Hungary. There was the wall, there were the guards. There were the guns and the dogs. They practically took our car apart on the return trip. Things in Austria looked “normal”. Things in Hungary looked war torn. Everything seemed grey, buildings were still not repaired from being bombed. Over 20 years after the end of the war. I think I finally understood.

  4. Kojack

    When I was in the 2nd grade I vaguely remember the teacher talking about the Berlin Wall and the Airlift to supply Berlin.

    When the wall came down I was near the end of my Army Reserve enlistment. It had profound significance to the infantry brigade since our primary mission was to protect Iceland and the passive sonar array station in the event of hostilities with the USSR.

  5. Kojack

    “If Socialism (Communism) is so great, why did it take machine guns, barbed wire, and a wall to contain it?”

    The MORONS who are in favor of it have been so indoctrinated that they are blind to the obvious. Maybe spending some time in Caracas or Havana will open their eyes.

  6. Marty Lamb

    Nov 9, 1989 I was on my honeymoon. Unlike today with less than a 24 hour news cycle, it was still headline news when I got back home.

  7. Sonny's Mom

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