Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.

by Bruce Lee

domingo, 9 de noviembre de 2014

The fall of the Berlin Wall

Not long ago, actually 25 years ago, there were two Germanies and there was a wall between them.

Some articles to read about the issue:

Are there any examples in the world?

Are people still building this kind of walls nowadays?

And now listen to this song by Pink Floyd:  Another Brick in the Wall 

8 comentarios:

  1. Today we saw the news on the anniversary of an important event in history. I am young and I didn't know that this wall existed in Germany. It is a shame that the people of a country can be separated by a separating wall for political raisons, families and neighbors for many years.

    This wall fell in 1989 but there is another wall also separates people is in Israel. I hope the governments find solutions so that people do not suffer.

    Paola Ruiz Fernández 3ºESO A

  2. I did not think Berlin is divided into two walls but the wall is 45km and divides the city into two halves berlin wall berlin border was .It was one of the best known symbols of the Cold War and the division of Germany.
    Berlin began on Sunday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with a festival and a tribute to all those who, on November 9, 1989, brought down the East German dictatorship. José Manuel Ortiz Jiménez 3 ESO A

  3. The Berlin Wall was a barrier that existed from 1961 through 1989, constructed by the German Democratic Republic starting on 13 August 1961. Before the Wall's erection, 3.5 million East Germans circumvented Eastern Bloc emigration restrictions and many by crossing over the border from East Berlin into West Berlin, from where they could then travel to West Germany and other Western European countries. Between 1961 and 1989, the wall prevented almost all such emigration. During this period, around 5,000 people attempted to escape over the wall, with an estimated death toll of from 136 to more than 200 in and around Berlin. The Berlin Wall fell on 10 November of 1989, 28 years after its construction. Now Berlin celebrates its 25th anniversary.

  4. 25 years ago a very big wall separated Berlin in two parts: the Western part, which was controlled by the Capitalists (Americans, Frenchs, British...) and Eastern part which was controlled by the Communist (Russians). There was also an imaginative wall that divided Europe in two parts this wall was also called the Iron Curtain. Berlin was also surrounded by the Communist; it was like an island in the middle of the sea.

    But 25 years ago the communism fell and East Berliners went into the Western part of Berlin. When they entered they were stunned because of the amazing shops that had the capitalists. One amazing thing is that only 1000 of the people who went into the Western part of Berlin rest there, because in that moment they said they could go to the other part whenever they wanted.

    It is clear that communist’s Berliners were starving and they were living very bad and capitalist were living very well and they were also friendly.

    To sum up, the wall divided two very different economies, but finally the capitalism won and communist defeated. The wall was also destroyed, because the Berliners were tired of been living in a very bad way.

    By: WILLIAM :)))

  5. The construction of the Berlin Wall and its fall, were among the most important moments of the Twentieth Century. The wall divided Berlin in two parts for 28 years, separating families and friends.

    After the Second World War, the bad relations between the Communits and allies grew, and emerged two coins, two political ideas and two Germanies.

    On the night of 12nd August, 1961, they decided to build a temporary wall between the two Germanies. They put a fence of 155 kilometres. During the following days, the build of a brick wall began.

    Over the years, there were many attempts to escape. The Berlin Wall eventually became a wall between 3,5 and 4 meters high. They created the “death strip” formed by a ditch, a fence, alarm systems, automatic weapons, watchtowers and patrols accompanied by dogs 24 hours every day.

    The fall of the wall was made possible by the opening of borders between Austria and Hungary in May 1989. On 9th November 1989, started the move to the west, and it was allowed. Thousands of people flocked to the checkpoints to cross over and no one could stop them.

    Some of the rests of the wall you can see at the East Side Gallery. Another example would be the fence at Melilla.

    María Béjar Rodríguez 3º ESO A

  6. The Berlin Wall was a great wall built in the German city of Berlin. The Berlin wall had a length of 103 miles and a height of 4 meters and millions of people tried to cross from one side to another. It is said that about 2,700,000 people tried to cross, from which, according to some unofficial reports, killed at least 800.

    This wall was basically to divide communist and capitalist germany. The wall, which was called the Anti-Fascist Protection Wall of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) and Wall of Shame by the West, was one of the most important and identifying elements of the Cold War between the US and the former Soviet Union.

    In my opinion, the walls that used to separate the population are the result of racism. As a result of the building of the wall, a lot of people suffered. Even, some families was separated and they couldn't see until the fall of the wall.

    1. by: David Fausto Fajardo Garcia 2º Bach B

  7. The Berlin Wall was a security wall which was part of the inter-German border from 13rd August, 1961 to 9th November, 1989. Separated the Berlin area of the German Democratic Republic capital in that years. It is the best known symbol of Germany and one of the most known symbol of the world.

    This Wall was called anti-fascist protection wall and on the part of the media and part of Western public opinion as "wall of shame". The wall of 45-kilometer divided the city of Berlin into two, while another 115 kilometers surrounded its western part, isolating it from the GDR.

    The Eastern Bloc dominated by the Soviets held that the wall was erected to protect its population from fascist elements that conspired to avoid the popular will to build a socialist state in East Germany.

    Finally, in my opinion I would like to travel to Germany, because it is a lovely city and she have incredible thinks, that the football, the museum and the escultures.