They are tearing down history in Berlin!

The Berlin Wall is being torn down.  That sounds like something straight out of 1989, right?  Well guess what, it is being torn down again.  Now.  In the year 2013.  But this time NOBODY should be happy about it!  Do I have your attention yet?

East Side Gallery (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)
East Side Gallery (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

The East Side Gallery.  At 1.3 kilometers, it is the longest remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall.  It is also where, in 1990, artists from all over the world came together to create 105 paintings to document and memorialize the reunification of Germany.  Thousands upon thousands of people visit the gallery every year.  It is, by some reports, the 2nd most popular tourist attraction in Berlin.  We actually just visited the gallery in February while in Berlin (that post is coming soon).  So all in all, a pretty important part of history, right?  Get this.

Construction crews removing a section of the Berlin Wall (Photo credit: The Guardian)
Construction crews removing a section of the Berlin Wall (Photo credit: The Guardian)
Protesters at the East Side Gallery (Photo Credit: The Guardian)
Protesters at the East Side Gallery (Photo Credit: The Guardian)

As reported by The Guardian, property developers want to remove a section of the wall.  Bad, right?  It gets worse.  The reason want to remove a section is so that the inhabitants of a luxury apartment building will have direct access to the Spree river.  Direct access!  Are you f’ing kidding me?  Your convenience is more important than a living piece of world history?  It’s not enough that you have a luxury apartment AND you live across the street from one of the most important land marks to freedom in the entire world?What kind of self-important assh**e thinks their convenience is more important than world history?  You can’t walk around?  There’s already a hole there!  I saw it.  Hell, I walked through it.  Do people in Paris complain about that pesky tower blocking their view of the sunset?  Do people in New York complain about that statue disrupting their ocean view?  The truly sad part is that they already tore a piece out of the gallery.  Luckily, protestors (that even included The Hoff!) have halted the work for now. Let’ hope it’s forever.

David Hasselhoff joins protestors at the East Side Gallery (Photo Credit: Daily Mail)
David Hasselhoff joins protestors at the East Side Gallery (Photo Credit: Daily Mail)

I don’t understand how some people can have absolutely no regard or respect for history. Do Europeans take it for granted because they have houses older than my country? Do I worry about it too much because of my huge interest in history? I don’t know. I just can’t fathom what on earth would posses someone to voluntarily destroy something so important. If you don’t get it either, there is an online petition here that you can sign. If you disagree with me and/or don’t like this post, well, I just don’t care!

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8 thoughts on “They are tearing down history in Berlin!

  1. I don’t think it’s a European vs. others thing. It’s a “forma mentis” problem and I don’t understand this and am shocked about it as much as you. What do the German newspapers say?

      1. This is very strange. I completely understand your feelings about this! – Are there any news about this? (Sorry, it’s been a while since I stopped by)

      2. They finished the work the other day. The organizers of the online petition are of the opinion that work was only halted as a ruse to appease the protestors. In total I think they removed 22 meters of the wall. Sad day.

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