Re the Berlin WallSeptember 20, 2017 Tim WorstallHistory11 CommentsHas anyone else noticed that the wall has now been down for as long at it was up: 1961 to 1989 to 2017? previousGigglenextThe Senior Lecturer misses the point 11 thoughts on “Re the Berlin Wall” Interested September 20, 2017 at 10:10 am I hadn’t. I was there in 1989. How exciting and inspiring it all seemed at the time. Ljh September 20, 2017 at 10:12 am Young adultsemerging from the English education system are ignorant of the Wall and the millions of deaths as a result of communism in practise but spent a month studying the Titanic and a term emoting with child labour in Victorian satanic mills. Ecks, please do some restructuring! dearieme September 20, 2017 at 10:13 am When we went to Checkpoint Charlie some years ago there was a small forest of crosses, each in memory of an escaper who had been killed. Until then I had had no idea how many escaped successfully only to be betrayed in the West and murdered anyway. Nice guys, the Left. I understand that that forest was swept away some time ago. Nice guys, the Left. Richard West September 20, 2017 at 11:01 am Hasselhoff got the wall knocked down. LOL. Everyone knows that?- Andrew M September 20, 2017 at 11:11 am The wall was merely a physical barrier though; the border was officially closed from 1948 to 1990. monoi September 20, 2017 at 12:36 pm Went to check point Charlie in 1980 on an inter-rail journey. Went back to Berlin in 1996 to visit my new employer’s trading room in East Berlin. It was quite surreal. jgh September 20, 2017 at 2:32 pm In the back of my mind I was waiting for the November anniversary for the switch-over. CJ Nerd September 20, 2017 at 7:05 pm Another Fun Fact, probably true for most of us: The period between the end of the First World War and my birth is less than the period between my birth and the present day. Alan Peakall September 20, 2017 at 8:04 pm I do a similar calculation for classic novels: date of publication to my first reading to the present. The first one to trip for me was Malcolm Bradbury’s “The History Man”. Bloke in Costa Rica September 20, 2017 at 10:21 pm I was in the first few weeks of my degree course and still diligent. I should have had the courage of my convictions and finagled myself to Berlin somehow, First time I was there was 1995 and East Berlin was starting to fill up with little bistros etc.. I do the timespan thing as well. Back from my birthday as far as now is forward and White Castle has just opened its first restaurant. johnd2008 September 21, 2017 at 4:36 am I visited Berlin in 1962,and then again in 1964.travelling along the Autobahn.It is not a nice feeling knowing that the soldiers sitting behind the machine guns overlooking the road are quite prepared to open fire if they feel so inclined . . Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.