30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall
It has been 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, which divided the capital of Germany in 1961-1989 in two, and which was called the "wall of shame".
Michael Löffler, who was born in East Berlin and grew up in East Berlin, with Axel Klausmeier, who was a university student in Dusseldorf, Germany at the time the wall was destroyed and now serves as the Director of the Berlin Wall Foundation.
Expressing that they listen to the news with 4 friends studying at the same university, Klausmeier said, “There were rumors that the wall was opening. When we heard the news on the radio, we stopped the car and thought to go to Berlin. However, we did not do this because there was traffic. ”
Klausmeier said that he went home afterwards, “I watched all the events on TV all night. It was great. I could not believe it. I got emotional. Because foreign people were hugging each other and crying. It was awesome. ”
On the other hand, Klausmeier said that there is an uncertainty about how the next process will be. Will the wall be closed again? How long will this situation last? All these questions could be read because of people. ”
Pointing out that there was happiness on the one hand and uncertainty on the other, Klausmeier said, "We realized that something extraordinary happened in the following days when the wall remained open and not closed."
Expressing that nobody believed that the two Germany would be united years later, Klausmeier said, “I was one of those who were also skeptical. I watched it skeptically. It is nice to have two Germany united. However, we did not want Germany, which other countries in Europe would fear. That was our concern. ”
Stating that incredible things were achieved financially during the merger process of the two Germany and that much money was flowed to the countries in the east of Germany, Klausmeier said, "However, the merger could not be achieved in the country itself. There are great disappointments in this regard."
Klausmeier, who pointed out the increase of the votes of the Alternative (AfD) party for the far-right Germany, especially in the eastern states, expressed concern about this.
"The unification of the two Germany is not an example," said Klausmeier, adding that people should also approach each other with more openness and respect.
Martin Löffler, who lived in East Berlin and worked as a trainer at the orphanage before the Berlin Wall collapsed, also stated that he worked until 9 am on November 9, 1989, “I went to my friend on a bicycle to watch the news because I don't have a TV. It was a very active period, politically. ”
Stating that he learned that the wall was opened there, Löffler said, “I did not believe it first. When I headed home on a bicycle, today there was a stadium at the headquarters of the Federal Intelligence Service. I heard people shouting out there like in a football game. Then I bought my agent, some money and my camera from home and went out. ”
Explaining that he met human flood in İnvaliden Street, Löffler said, "I came to the control point with the demolition of the wall and immediately went to West Berlin."
Stating that he saw the fall of the wall as a new opportunity, Löffler said, “We did not expect the system to survive for a long time when the borders were opened in Hungary. We did not think that the two Germany would be united. ”
Stating that the wall almost disappeared in two years after the merger, Löffler said, “I did not expect the wall to fall down so quickly. We planned to meet with friends on August 13 and take pictures of the wall. "
Describing a memory with the Turks in Berlin, Löffler said, “My car broke down in the Wedding district. Nobody helped. But the Turks helped. I found this very beautiful. ”