Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Remaining divide

Ever since the legendary press conference on Nov. 9, 1989 when Günter Schabowski, a member of East Germany's Politbüro, surprised journalists with news that people could travel without restrictions, most Berliners wanted to rid their city of what Westerners had dubbed the "Wall of Shame." (Smee, 2009)
Many claim that the Wall which divided the city still remain in people's minds. Referendums in 2008 and 2009 showed a clear split between former East and West Berlin citizens - a divide which can often be seen elsewhere in Germany.

Boston, W. (2008) Tempelhof Airport Divides Berliners Along Cold-War Lines. [online] http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0425/p04s01-woeu.html

JTW and sources (2009) Ethics-Religion Debate: Berlin Referendum Fails at the Polls. [online] http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,621281,00.html

Smee, J. (2009) Heated History: Berlin Still Divided on How to Commemorate Wall. [online] http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,611790,00.html

Von Hardenberg, D. (2009) Divide Remains as Berlin Celebrates. [online] http://english.aljazeera.net//focus/theberlinwall/2009/11/2009118849234700.html